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Body found along American River wasn’t murdered, police say

The body found along the American River downstream from California State University, Sacramento, remained a mystery Tuesday afternoon.

Age, gender, identity and cause of death were all unknowns. But a Sacramento Police Department spokesman said there was no evidence of foul play.

“If it was suspicious or we thought it was a homicide, we would have handled it,” Sgt. Bryce Heinlein said. “At this point, it’s either a drowning or a natural (death).”

The body was first reported shortly after 1 p.m.

Sacramento Fire Department firefighters were called in for a water recovery near the H Street bridge and the Campus Commons Golf Course, but when they arrived they found the body on land and called off the water rescue.

They turned the case over to the Sacramento Police Department, which in turn said it was being handled by Sacramento County Regional Park rangers and the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.

The coroner had not released any information as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews