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Body found of man who jumped into river to save daughter, 12

July 23, 2019

NEVADA CITY, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have recovered the body of a man who was swept down a California river while trying to rescue his 12-year-old daughter.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office says state park visitors spotted the body of 34-year-old Alexander Alvarez on Sunday in the South Yuba River, about 200 yards from where he vanished. Authorities retrieved it.

The Citrus Heights man vanished on July 13 after jumping into the fast-flowing river northeast of Sacramento to rescue his daughter, who had slipped and fallen in.

Park employees and a good Samaritan saved the girl but an air and ground search failed to find the father.

Meltwater from the Sierra Nevada snowpack has swollen the river, which has been flowing at up to five times normal.

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