The body of a Covelo man missing since July 1 has been found in the

Eel River near Dos Rios, according to Mendocino County sheriff's deputies.

Samuel Lee Bobb, 23, was last seen by friends when he tried to cross the

river and disappeared. An air search failed to turn up any sign of his body.

But on Tuesday, a Willits woman who had gone to the river to swim

discovered Bobb's body floating on the surface, according to sheriff's Capt.

Berle Murray. He said Suzanne Sutton wrapped a towel around a leg, pulled the

body to shore and summoned deputies.

Dental records were used to make a positive identification. Drowning was

the probable cause of Bobb's death, according to autopsy results.

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