Body may be missing boater’s
October 1, 2007
A week-long search for a missing boater on Stampede Reservoir came to an end Saturday with the discovery of a body that authorities believe is that of the missing man.
Pete Mueller, a Stockton resident with a second home in Glenshire, was fishing from his boat on Stampede Reservoir Saturday, Sept. 22, but did not return home.
On Saturday, a week later, boaters discovered a body near where Mueller’s empty boat was found, and officials presume the body to be Mueller’s, pending further investigation.
Search and rescue efforts began on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 22, and searchers discovered his boat against the shore that evening. The lake is located in southeastern Sierra County.
Sierra Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Eich told the Sun Wednesday that weather conditions on the day Mueller was reported missing were bad. Yet, Mueller’s boat was found afloat, so the cause of his disappearance was unclear.
The incident was being treated as a boating accident, Eich said.
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Search and rescue efforts included a boat and three personnel the day Mueller disappeared, and then expanded to include a Washoe County sonar boat, dive teams from Nevada, Sierra, and Placer counties, search dogs, as well as air and land teams from various agencies, Eich said.
John Evans, Sierra County Sheriff-Coroner, said a body discovered Saturday at the reservoir is presumed to be Mueller’s.
“The remains of a body floated to the surface near where his boat was found by a couple of anglers,” Evans said.
The cause of Mueller’s disappearance and death is still not known, but an autopsy is pending, Evans said.
The sheriff-coroner said only evidence found so far was that the body was not wearing a life vest.