Elk Grove Teen Missing after Rafting in Ripon

RIPON—

San Joaquin authorities are looking for a 19-year-old from Elk Grove who went missing while rafting at Caswell State Park Thursday.

Deputies showed up at the park around 7 p.m. and were told that the teen had gone out with a friend around 2 p.m. The friend had come back to the camp site without the teen and told family members that the teen was last seen struggling in the river without a life jacket.

San Joaquin County Sheriff’s deputies, along with the Ripon Fire Department and a California Highway Patrol helicopter, spent the next few hours trying to find the teen. However, he couldn’t be found.

The search was called off for the night and resumed Friday morning.

Authorities fear that the teen has drowned. Their investigation into the incident is ongoing.