The body of a Placerville woman missing since Wednesday night was found by authorities Friday morning several hundred yards from her residence.
The body of Darlene Marie Newman, 48, of Placerville, was found on an embankment 200-300 yards north of her Fall Trail Lane residence by El Dorado County Search and Rescue teams at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
Newman was last seen with her vehicle Wednesday night.
County Sheriff’s Lt. Bryan Golmitz said hypothermia appeared to be the cause of death.
“Darlene had been missing approximately 37 hours,” he states in a press release. “During the time she was missing day- and night-time temperatures were low and precipitation was present.”
Golmitz noted there was nothing suspicious about Newman’s death.
Newman’s vehicle was first located Wednesday on the shoulder area of the road, wedged against a rock approximately 300 yards from her home.
Authorities believe Newman’s vehicle veered off the roadway and collided with the rock. After the crash, Newman left the car and began walking.
She was considered by authorities to be at-risk because of health conditions.
In addition to Search and Rescue workers, Hangtown Hank, a scent-tracking bloodhound who is part of the Placerville Police Department team, was brought in to aid in the search for Newman.
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