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Body found in river ID’d as missing California college student Alycia Yeoman, police searching for clues in mysterious death

Police confirmed that the body discovered in the Feather River Sunday afternoon is Alycia Yeoman, a Yuba College student who vanished in late March.

According to The Sacramento Bee, the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office said they were able to identify the body through dental records. Investigators said they are still determining Yeoman’s cause and manner of death.

As Crime Online previously reported, Yeoman, 20, was last seen on March 30 leaving a Yuba City home. Friends became concerned the next day when the 20-year-old didn’t show up for a morning shift at work. Police reportedly recovered her cellphone and her pickup truck, stuck in a muddy orchard near Feather River in Live Oak, days after her disappearance. Surveillance footage from a nearby farm captured the pickup truck driving up the road and onto the levee, according to KHTK.

The FBI originally offered a $5,000 reward for anyone with information about Yeoman’s location, and the woman’s family collected more than $12,800 through a GoFundMe campaign. The family annouunced in late April that the reward was upped to $50,000, The Bee reported.

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Early on, the Yeoman family was harassed by someone seeking ransom money for the 20-year-old. Days after Yeoman went missing, her mother reportedly received text messages which claimed that the student was kidnapped and demanded money for her return. Authorities said they were able to apprehend who was behind the messages and determined they had no involvement in her disappearance.

“It’s tragic,” Sheriff Jeff Pierce told People. “There is definitely no connection. It was basically someone just trying to take some opportunity of a situation.”

Officials said that an angler discovered the college student’s body south of the Live Oak Recreational Area boat launch. The park is not far from the orchard where police found the woman’s cellphone and pickup truck.

Anyone with information about the Yeoman case is urged to call the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office at 530-822-7307 or “Leave a Tip” on the Sheriff’s Office website.

[Featured Image: California Department of Justice]