The search to find a plane that crashed into Folsom Lake in 1965 has been called off.
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Despite utilizing “some of the most technologically advanced underwater robotic and sonar equipment available to us,” the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was not able to find the crash site, a press release stated.
“Although some interesting areas were identified, none of the captured images could be confirmed to actually hold signs of the crash,” the press release stated. No divers were sent in to the lake, in part due to areas being inaccessible. This was compounded by heavy silt and near-zero visibility in the lake, as well as underwater obstructions including standing oak trees measuring between 50 and 60 feet tall.
There are no plans to continue the search; relatives of the victims supported the decision.
The search was initiated after the brother of one of the four victims provided information that the crash could have occurred in EDSO’s jurisdiction of the lake. Three of the four victims were never recovered. With the lake low, the hope was it would be easier to find the remains of the plane.