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Nevada County authorities recover body from Yuba River

Nevada County authorities say they haven't yet identified a body recovered this week from the Yuba River.

The body, the age and gender of which remain unknown, was spotted Tuesday afternoon by a kayaker about halfway between Bridgeport and Highway 49. The kayaker contacted authorities, leading the Nevada County Sheriff's Office to respond, Sgt. Sean Scales said.

Deputies, search-and-rescue volunteers and a California Highway Patrol helicopter joined the search. They recovered the body around 5 p.m., flew it to the Eric Rood Administrative Center and then took it to a local mortuary, Scales added.

"Identification is still pending," the sergeant said, noting that the next-of-kin must be notified before the person's name is publicly released.

Officials could use DNA or dental records to discover the deceased's identity, Scales said.

Authorities have warned the public about fast moving, cold river water because of the snow melt.

Jesse Babb, 23, of Marysville, disappeared May 27 after he jumped into the Yuba River with a boogie-board near the Highway 49 bridge. Cal Fire and state parks officials responded to the call, with the Sheriff's Office overseeing the search once the river carried Babb from sight.

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