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Identity of Woman Found in Clear Creek Following Kayaking Accident Released

By Mat Mendez, Assistant News Director
Chelsea Kay
Published On: Dec 09 2012 07:34:13 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 10 2012 07:42:15 PM CST
IGO, Calif. -

The identity of the woman removed from Clear Creek just one day after she went missing while kayaking has been released.

The Shasta County Coroner's Office said 39-year-old Shelbi Danielle Arno of San Jose was kayaking with a male friend around 2:00 p.m. in the area of the N.E.E.D. camp below Whiskeytown Dam, when her kayak flipped over.

According to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, the pair were traveling downstream in separate kayaks when they came upon some turbulent water. Arno's kayak became wedged in the water with her upside down.

The man, in his late 50s, apparently tried to rescue Arno, but could not. He then made his way to his home in the area of Muletown Road and Potosi Road, and called 911.

Units from multiple agencies, including Cal Fire and the CHP, responded on the ground and in the air to launch a search for Arno. But the onset of darkness forced a suspension of the search around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday evening, just as crews located an object of interest downstream from the kayaking incident.

The Sheriff's Office mentioned in a press release that both kayakers involved were experienced and wearing the proper gear and safety equipment at the time of the incident.

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office reported that there is no investigation of intentional acts or negligence because it is believed that the incident was accidental.