After locating a submerged vehicle with an occupant inside at the Oroville Wildlife Area this morning, the Butte County Search and Rescue and California Highway Patrol removed a car similar in description to that of Jeni Casaulong, a Gridley woman reported missing since April 7.
Sabrina Casaloung, Jeni’s daughter, reported her mother missing to the Gridley Police Department five days ago. She indicated that her mother was suicidal, and was considering driving her car into a river. CHP officers conducted a search via helicopter, and spotted three cars submerged in a pond in the Oroville Wildlife Area this morning. After sending Search and Rescue dive teams into the water, authorities pulled all three cars from the water.
Two of the cars were described as have been in the pond for some time; the third was described as a newer blue Ford. The body was identified as a white female, and Jeni Casaloung was last seen driving a blue Ford Focus on Oro Dam Boulevard 2 p.m. Sunday April 7.
The Butte County Sheriff’s and Coroner’s Office has yet to officially identify the occupant of the submerged vehicle.