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Police believe fugitive escaped, died near Boca Reservoir

Ryan Slabaugh and Seth Lightcap
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE ” Authorities believe a fugitive is dead after escaping Truckee police Wednesday night by jumping their car into Boca Reservoir, climbing out of the vehicle and swimming the frigid waters.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office launched a recovery operation Thursday morning for the person, who they have yet to identify.

“We are working under the assumption that the subject did not make it out of the water,” said Truckee Police Department sergeant Jeff Pettitt.

Authorities said they looked through the car she abandoned for clues, while employing a California Highway Patrol aircraft and radio-operated submarine to help search teams along the shore.

According to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, the Truckee patrol division tried to stop a grey-colored sedan at approximately 9:40 p.m. Wednesday after a call complained about trespassing on railroad tracks.

The vehicle took off, failing to yield to the police, before turning off the road through brush toward the reservoir. A deputy and Truckee police department officer hiked in to find the vehicle sinking in 10 feet of water, about 30 feet off shore, according to the authorities. Officers also spotted a person swimming away.

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“We do not know what the subject was running from, nor are we certain whether it was a male or female,” Pettitt said. “The deputy in pursuit only caught a glimpse of the subjects face in the water.”

A helicopter was able to illuminate the subject in the water late Wednesday night for a short time, but the driver disappeared before Truckee Fire could find her with a rescue boat.