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Dead body recovered from American River in Sacramento

Rescuers recovered the body of a dead woman in the American River near Sutter’s Landing on Saturday morning.

Someone in the park saw her floating in the water and contacted authorities around 9 a.m., said Chris Harvey, spokesman for the Sacramento Fire Department. Officials are still trying to determine the woman’s identity and the cause of death.

When rescuers retrieved the woman around 9:35 a.m., she was already dead, he said. It took some time to get to the woman because the Fire Department’s boat is at Discovery Park, three miles away, and the river is low, he explained.

The woman was wearing a backpack, which apparently kept her floating in the river, Harvey said.

While the circumstances remain unknown in the latest death, an unusually high number of people have died this year in the Sacramento and American rivers. Authorities estimated in late October that 13 people had died in incidents along the two rivers this year, twice the normal amount. Since that time, crews recovered two bodies last month in the American River.