River Continues to Thwart Searchers’ Efforts to Recover Van and Two Occupants Swallowed Last Month
Nearly a month ago, on December 5, a vehicle went off Hwy 199 into the Smith River near Hiouchi. Though rescuers were able to see the vehicle, according to a California Highway Patrol press release, they were “unable to access the vehicle involved in this collision due to the high water, location, and extreme current of the river.”
Today, searchers accessed the area where the vehicle had been originally located. Though searchers attempted to find the vehicle and its two missing occupants, they were unable to do so.