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Teenager’s Body Discovered in Merced River, Matches Missing Person’s Description

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MERCED COUNTY, Calif. — In a tragic development, search and rescue teams recovered a body from the Merced River on Sunday afternoon that is believed to be that of a missing teenager. Authorities have yet to formally identify the remains but confirmed the body’s description aligns with that of Jagdeep Singh Riar, who had been reported missing.

The grim discovery was made approximately one mile downstream from Hagaman Park at approximately 4:15 p.m. The Merced County Sheriff’s Office is currently awaiting official identification which they expect to obtain in the coming days.

The Sheriff’s office relayed their condolences, stating, “Our thoughts are with his family. We know it has not been an easy week, however, we hope to provide closure to the family soon.” The matter is ongoing, and any updates regarding the identification and investigation will be communicated in due course as officials continue their inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The community has been following the case closely, and the news has cast a somber tone over the area. The incident underscores the importance of safety near water bodies and the critical role search and rescue teams play in emergency response. The efforts of the rescue teams, who often work under challenging and emotionally taxing conditions, have not gone unnoticed as they work diligently to resolve such cases.

Source: KXTV