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Sister of Rickie Lynn Abel remembers her sibling as loving, caring

Christopher Arlen McCombs, left, son of Rickie Lynn Abel, right.

Rickie Lynn Abel and her sister loved the song “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman.

They’d play it repeatedly, dancing to the music as they grew up together.

“We love music and we’d always dance,” Mary Dixon said. “We’d sing it and sing.

“She’s so smart and so intelligent,” Dixon added about her younger sister before her voice shifted. “I don’t believe this. I really don’t.”

“My sister was a beautiful person. She knows everyone in the community. She’s a loving, caring, awesome human being.”Mary Dixon

Dixon learned Sunday night that authorities had found Abel’s body in Scotts Flat Lake, near Nevada City.

Timeline by Content Editor Samantha Sullivan

Missing since Nov. 25, Abel’s body was spotted around 3:20 p.m. Sunday about a half mile northeast up the inlet from the main reservoir, authorities said.

Nevada County sheriff’s deputies responded to the north shore of the lake with a boat and dive team. They recovered the body of the 34-year-old Abel just before sunset. An autopsy is scheduled for today, authorities have said.

“My sister was a beautiful person,” Dixon said. “She knows everyone in the community. She’s a loving, caring, awesome human being.”

Abel and Jordan Alexander Rose, 23, disappeared after they fled a Nov. 25 police stop. Their vehicle sped east on Highway 20, at times crossing the center line, authorities said.

Officers stopped pursuit at that point and lost the vehicle. It was found days later near White Cloud Campground.

Deputies spent several hours that week searching for the pair, discontinuing the search when no leads appeared in the 50-square-mile area. Rose’s whereabouts remain unknown.

“It’s a tragic situation,” Sheriff Keith Royal said. “It’s such a large area. It was hard to pin down where they were or where they were going.”

Members of Rose and Abel’s family lambasted authorities for failing to continue looking for the missing pair. A Facebook page — Help find Jordan and RicciLynn — was created to share information about them. People begin expressing their sorrow on the page about Abel’s death late Sunday.

Dixon hopes to find some answers from today’s preliminary autopsy. A full report won’t be complete for weeks.

Once the autopsy is complete Abel’s family plans on cremating her remains. The Salvation Army has offered the family the use of its Alta Street church for a memorial service, though no date is set.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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