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UPDATED: Body Discovered In American River Near Water Treatment Plant Identified

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Rescue divers have recovered a body in the American River near one of Sacramento’s water treatment plants.

Members of the Sacramento Drowning And Accident Rescue Team or DART were called to the Fairbairn Water Treatment Plant near Sacramento State University after employees arrived Tuesday morning and spotted the body.

“The body was found between our intake structure and the river levee. There’s probably about 25 feet between it and the intake structure and probably about 25 feet between it and the shoreline,” said Jessica Hess of the City of Sacramento.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s office identified the deceased person as 59-year-old missing person Mark Lauchli, who was last seen Feb 12, at his home in the 6900 block of McQuillan Circle.

Lauchli was reportedly distraught and left a note he was going to the American River area. Later that same day, his vehicle would be found unoccupied near La Riviera Drive and Howe Avenue.

Firefighters say the body appears to have been in the water for several weeks.

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