Married Business Owners Missing after Tow Truck Plunges into Sacramento River

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SACRAMENTO — Crews had to stop recovery efforts after a tow truck went into the Sacramento River Tuesday because of dangerous river conditions.

Employees from Justin’s Towing have not found any sign of their bosses, Shalvin and Roselyn Sharma. The husband and wife tow truck team has been missing since Tuesday night.

“This is the last known spot for the GPS that was binging is off this bridge,” said Emilio, a Justin’s Towing driver.

The tow truck and a semitruck crashed on the Pioneer Bridge, sending the tow truck over the bridge’s guard rail and into the river.

“It’s emotional, it’s emotional because they’re really good people,” Emilio told FOX40. “They have a big heart. They’ll help anybody, you know. They might be in this river.”

Rescue crews found the tow truck roughly 30 feet underwater by using sonar equipment. However, they said river conditions were too dangerous for divers to recover it.

In the meantime, the California Highway Patrol said it couldn’t identify any victims with certainty.

“Until we can confirm, we can get the vehicle and we could actually identify if there is, in fact, somebody within the tow truck, we’re not going to be putting out names until we can 100 percent confirm who is in that vehicle,” said South Sacramento CHP Officer Jim Young.

While the CHP investigated what caused the crash, employees with Justin’s Towing were holding onto hope but bracing themselves for the worst.

“We’re all waiting to hear from them. That’s what we’re here for,” Emilio said. “We’re waiting to get a phone call. Prayers just go out to all their families and their loved ones.”

Rescues crews have not yet released a date for when they’ll be able to retrieve the truck from the Sacramento River. They say that all will be based on how fast the current is moving in the coming days.

Stay with FOX40 for more updates on this developing story.


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