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Man found dead in vehicle in Placer County creek was Cool resident

The man whose body was recovered from a vehicle in a creek near Foresthill on Wednesday has been identified by the Placer County Coroner’s Office as Steven John Wolf, 66, of Cool.

Placer County sheriff’s officials said Wolf’s vehicle apparently went off Yankee Jims Road into a creek Sunday afternoon.

A motorist spotted the vehicle in Shirttail Creek in the Foresthill area about 1 p.m. Sunday. The crash apparently had just occurred because the motorist reported that the vehicle’s brake lights were still on, said Dena Erwin, sheriff’s spokeswoman. Emergency personnel responded, but water flow in the creek was high and swift, making it too dangerous for divers to reach the vehicle, Erwin said. The creek is fed by Sugar Pine Reservoir, she said, and water was being released from the dam. They could not determine at the time whether anyone was still in the vehicle.

Erwin said water levels had dropped Wednesday and members of the sheriff’s dive team were able to see a body inside the vehicle. She said swift water made the recovery dangerous, but divers were able to remove the body from the vehicle. Emergency personnel brought the body up a steep embankment to the roadway for transportation to the county morgue.

That section of Yankee Jims Road is very narrow and that, coupled with Sunday’s rain, likely contributed to the crash, she said.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy