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Aly Yeoman drowned, officials say. The mystery is how it happened

'It's such a tragedy': Camp director describes family's reaction to discovery of Aly Yeoman's body

Don Jacobsen, camp manager at Live Oak Recreation Area, speaks about the reaction of Aly Yeoman's family to the identification of the body found Sunday.
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Don Jacobsen, camp manager at Live Oak Recreation Area, speaks about the reaction of Aly Yeoman's family to the identification of the body found Sunday.

Alycia “Aly” Yeoman the Gridley woman whose body was found in the Feather River a month after she went missing, died of drowning, the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday.

An autopsy determined the cause of death, but not the manner of death, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

“Our hearts and prayers are with Aly’s family and friends during this horrible time of grief,” the news release said.

Yeoman, a 20-year-old Yuba College student, was last seen about 10:30 p.m. March 30 leaving a home on Romero Street in Yuba City. Her Toyota Tacoma pickup truck was found April 5 near the Feather River, just north of the Live Oak Recreation Area. Her cellphone was located on top of the levee, not far from her vehicle, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Yeoman’s body was found by an angler about 12:46 p.m. on May 7 in the Feather River, near where her vehicle was found. She was identified through dental records.

Yeoman worked two jobs, at the Gridley Starbucks near Highway 99 and at a McDonald’s a few blocks away. She was reported missing after failing to show up for work.

Gridley residents held a “Hope Vigil” for the young woman during the weeks she was missing.

“We don’t know what happened, but we feel like Aly didn’t do this on her own,” David Yeoman Sr., Yeoman’s grandfather, said after her body was found. “We’re trying to put the pieces together. We want justice served now.”

Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office at 530-822-7307.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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