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January 19, 2014
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Dried out Folsom Lake searched for wreckage of plane crash

FOLSOM — Authorities are working with sonar experts to search for the wreckage of a plane that crashed in Folsom Lake nearly 50 years ago.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department says the search is being led by Gene and Sandy Ralston, who used sonar to find the body of a woman missing in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta earlier this month.

The Sacramento Bee says the search is being conducted on behalf of Frank Wilcox, whose brother was aboard the plane when it collided with another plane in mid-air and crashed on Jan. 1, 1965. Four people were aboard the aircraft, but only one body was recovered at the time.

The Ralstons launched their search Thursday, the day before California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a statewide draught, with assistance from the El Dorado and Placer county sheriff’s departments. Folsom Lake, like many reservoirs, is showing the dried up signs of a lack of rain, offering search teams an opportunity in the relatively low waters.

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The Union Updated Jan 19, 2014 10:12PM Published Jan 20, 2014 05:14PM Copyright 2014 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.