Yin Wong Placer County Sheriff’s Office
Yin Wong Placer County Sheriff’s Office

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Barefoot body found near Auburn may be that of missing Sacramento woman, authorities say

By Nashelly Chavez

nchavez@sacbee.com

December 06, 2017 05:33 PM

UPDATED December 08, 2017 12:35 PM

The body found by rescue teams in the American River canyon near Auburn on Wednesday afternoon was located barefoot, about a mile away from where deputies say a missing Sacramento woman’s unoccupied car was found days earlier, according to Placer County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Dena Erwin.

Though the woman’s body has not yet been identified by the county’s coroner’s unit, sheriff’s officials believe the body may be that of Yin Wong, 33, a Sacramento woman who has been missing for several days.

Wong was last seen by her husband late Saturday night, and later spotted at a Sacramento grocery store in the early hours of Sunday morning, Erwin said. Her car was found later that day near Bowman Road in Auburn after neighbors called deputies to report the vehicle at around 11 a.m.

They also told deputies that they had heard the car passing through at around 3 a.m., Erwin said. Wong’s purse and other belongings were found a short distance away from her car, Erwin added.

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The National Weather Service reported temperatures between the high 30s and high 40s for most of Sunday morning at the Auburn Municipal Airport, a few miles away from where the unoccupied car was found.

Erwin said the body was located at an edge of the American River Canyon, an area covered in rugged terrain.

“It was so steep and rugged she would have to have done a circuitous route to get where she was,” she said.

Foul play was not suspected in the case involving the body found by rescue teams, the department announced Wednesday. There were no signs that suicide may have led to the woman’s death, Erwin said.

“From all of the investigation, it appears that she was lost or confused,” Erwin said Thursday. “She just walked and ended up barefoot in a canyon.”

The Placer County Sheriff’s Department, which runs the coroner’s unit, will identify the woman found by rescue crews, Erwin said. An autopsy to determine the cause of death may take several weeks to complete.

More than 100 volunteers searched for Wong along with motorcycle, K-9 and 4x4 teams, hikers and a helicopter unit.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets