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Wife of decedent says found body is missing kayaker Michael Neff

Coronor confirms body found is Neff

Michael Neff, pictured on the shores of an alpine body of water.
Photo: Courtesy Photo

Michael Neff, a kayaker who went missing while out on Scotts Flat Reservoir May 31, was discovered dead on the shore of the reservoir Monday Sept. 19 according to a statement given by his wife Brenda Neff.

“The Kayaker was my husband,” Neff said.

“He went missing for 111 days and was found last Monday by an NID worker,” Neff said.



While the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department couldn’t immediately confirm that the remains discovered last week were those of the 56 year old man, they could confirm that a body was found on the shores of the reservoir about that time.

“Can confirm out there for a human body that had washed up ashore,” Nevada County Sheriff Lieutenant Sean Scales said.



“Usually to identify when a body is too decomposed, we’ll rely on DNA, dental or fingerprints,” Scales said.

On Wednesday, after speaking with the coroner, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that the body found was that of Neff’s.

Neff was last seen alive near a kayak, near the dock and boat launching area along the Highway 20 side of Scotts Flat Reservoir during the evening of Tuesday May 31.

Michael Neff, photographed playing guitar on a lake shore.
Photo: Courtesy photo

Mutual aid from both Butte and Yuba County’s boat patrols was utilized as well as the Nevada County Search and Rescue team that canvassed the entire shoreline of the reservoir.

Boats used sonar-type equipment as they traversed the area near the main boat launch and campgrounds but came up empty handed in their search.

“He worked for the City of Rocklin for 25 years,” Brenda Neff said, adding that many in the community knew Michael and that she wanted to let people know who had been wondering if he had been found yet.

A Nevada County Sheriffs Search and Rescue vehicle is stationed on the Scotts Flat Reservoir Dam in rural Nevada City during the search for a missing kayaker June 1.
Photo: Elias Funez

To contact Managing Editor Elias Funez, email efunez@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230


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