Deadly waterways

Sheriff’s Office recovers bodies of missing men in Sacramento, Feather rivers

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has recovered the bodies of two men who went missing in separate incidents on the Sacramento and Feather rivers.

Chico State student Anthony Mahr, 22, was pulled from the Sacramento River last Thursday (Aug. 29), when a fisherman spotted his body about a quarter-mile upstream of Scotty’s Landing, BCSO said. Mahr was reported missing Aug. 20, when it was said he and two friends fell in the river after their floats hit a snag (see “Mysteriously missing on the river,” Downstroke, Aug. 29).

On Sunday (Sept. 1), search teams recovered the body of Omar Espinal, 40, of Chico, from the Feather River near East Gridley Road, BCSO said. Espinal reportedly fell in the river Saturday (Aug. 31), when his canoe overturned.

Death investigations remain ongoing.