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Body found near Live Oak park where crews searched for missing college student in April

Investigators look for clues in mystery of Gridley woman's disappearance

FBI investigators on Thursday, April 6, 2017, spent time in the Yuba City home where Alycia Yeoman of Gridley was last seen before her disappearance a week earlier.
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FBI investigators on Thursday, April 6, 2017, spent time in the Yuba City home where Alycia Yeoman of Gridley was last seen before her disappearance a week earlier.

The Sutter County Sheriff’s Office recovered a body Sunday afternoon in the Feather River near Live Oak, but officials have yet to determine if it was Aly Yeoman, who has been missing since March 30.

Sheriff’s officials said the body was found by an angler around 12:46 p.m. and later recovered just south of the Live Oak Recreational Park boat launch, according to a statement.

The park sits at the end of Pennington Road, the same road near the orchard where Yeoman’s car and phone were found last month. The park was also the staging area for search and rescue teams looking for Yeoman in early April.

Sutter County Undersheriff Jeff Pierce said his office is unlikely to announce Monday whether the body is that of Yeoman, a 20-year-old Yuba College student who was reported missing March 30 from the Live Oak area.

Sutter County transferred the body to Sacramento County because Sutter does not have a forensic pathologist, Pierce said. He expects to give an update Tuesday on the body’s identity.

The lower half of the body was submerged when it was found Sunday, he said. Authorities are examining dental records.

Yeoman’s disappearance brought her hometown of Gridley together during an emotional month-long “Hope Vigil” that started when she went missing.

A “Find Alycia Yeoman” Facebook page has been set up, with messages like, “Our hearts are broken beyond words...” and photos of a young Aly surrounded by friends.

Her family has offered a reward for $50,000 for information about her disappearance and launched a GoFundMe page that has raised more than $12,000.

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Jessica Hice contributed to this report. Walter Ko: 916-321-1436, @juntaeko

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