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Nevada County authorities respond to dead body in Englebright Lake

Nevada County Sheriff's deputies and Smartsville firefighters board a search-and-rescue boat Thursday afternoon at Englebright Lake in Nevada County after reports of a dead body found above the no-wake zone of the lake.

Nevada County authorities on Thursday said they recovered the dead body of a woman found in Englebright Lake.

The body, which wasn’t immediately identified, will undergo an autopsy today. Authorities hope the autopsy will reveal the woman’s identity, as well as the cause and manner of her death, said Mike Sullivan, chief deputy coroner.

“There’s nothing that’s pointing to foul play that I’ve been advised of at this point,” Sullivan added.

A recreational boater around 12:30 p.m. spotted the body in the north part of the lake, near its junction with the Yuba River, and called authorities. Deputies responded to the lake, which lays in both Yuba and Nevada counties, Sullivan said.

Local authorities often work with Yuba County officials, though Nevada County is the lead agency in this case, Sullivan said.

A marine unit and dive team recovered the body around 3:30 p.m. Sullivan said authorities deploy a dive team when recovering bodies.

It’s unknown how long the woman has been deceased, Sullivan said.

“It appears the body was in the water for awhile,” Sheriff Keith Royal said.

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

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