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Possible Folsom Lake drowning victim identified, search suspended, authorities say

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With summer approaching and weather warming, it's time to keep these water safety tips in mind, as provided by the Placer County Sheriff's Office.
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With summer approaching and weather warming, it's time to keep these water safety tips in mind, as provided by the Placer County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities on Thursday released the identity of the 29-year-old man missing since Sunday evening, when is believed to have fallen into Folsom Lake without a life jacket.

The missing person has been identified as Vineyard resident Alexander Ham, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said in an updated statement Thursday.

The search for Ham, who reportedly fell into the water from a jet ski about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, was suspended Wednesday pending additional investigative leads, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Ham was believed to have been riding jet skis with a friend on Folsom Lake near Brown’s Ravine and the peninsula, the Sheriff’s Office and Folsom Lake State Recreation Area Superintendent Richard Preston said earlier this week. Ham and the friend became briefly separated, and the friend located the jet ski while Ham was nowhere to be found, according to the sheriff’s statement.

Crews with several local agencies searched for about 90 minutes Sunday before dark, and then resumed searching Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

“The search consisted of resources from several counties and agencies, with numerous dive teams and sonar equipment used,” the updated statement says.

Ham is now officially listed as a missing person.

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Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.
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