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Fresno Co. Sheriff's Office recovers two bodies from the Kings River

The Fresno County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team recovering two bodies from a car in the Kings River (Fresno Co. Sheriff's Office)

SECOND UPDATE: The Fresno County Sheriff has positively identified the two people who were found inside a car in the Kings River.

Deputies have identified the bodies as 31-year-old Yinan Wang of San Diego and his 32-year-old wife, Jie Song of China. Deputies previously reported Song's age was 30, but deputies say she is 32.

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UPDATE: The Fresno County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team have recovered two bodies from inside a car in the Kings River.

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office says everything ran smoothly during the recovery operation Thursday near Horsebend Bend on Highway 180.

It is now waiting for the Fresno County Coroner's Office to identify the bodies.

Deputies believe the bodies are that of Yinan Wang, 31 and his wife Jie Song, 30.

Investigators say the license plate on the car in the river matched that of the car the couple owned.

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FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (FOX26 News) The Fresno County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team will try to recover two bodies inside a car in the Kings River at 6:00 a.m. October 5th.

Deputies believe the bodies are that of Yinan Wang, 31 and his wife Jie Song, 30.

The two were last seen August 6th at the Crystal Caves in Sequoia National Park, according to deputies.

Police say the couple planned to drive to Fresno that night, stay at a hotel and then continue onto Yosemite National Park the next day.

Family members say the two were scheduled to return to San Diego on August 9th but that never happened.

A missing person report was filed on August 11th with the Fresno County Sheriff's Office.

During the investigation, a deputy saw the license plate that belonged to the couple's car near the location of another crash.

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office flew helicopters above the canyon and found what appeared to be the wreckage of a white car deeply submerged underwater.

Due to the rapids and high water levels crews were unable to get to the car.

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office says the water is now 10 times from what it was in early August.

Therefore, crews will be trying to extract the bodies and car from the Kings River.

Deputies say traffic will be limited to one lane on Highway 180 and Caltrans along with the CHP will conduct traffic control.


You might remember the sheriff's office recovered two other bodies from another car in September.

That investigation led a deputy watching the news to see a clip of the white car's license place, which eventually found the second crash site.

That wreck is believed to have killed two Thai exchange students.

The sheriff's office says both cars are being left at the crash sites for now.


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