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Missing La Mesa girl's body found in Colorado River

August 07, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

PICACHO STATE RECREATION AREA — The body of a La Mesa girl reported missing Saturday was found in the Colorado River on Sunday, a few miles downstream from where she was last seen.

Amanda Kunde, 17, was at the river about two to three miles north of the Picacho State Recreation Area with friends Saturday. She was reported missing at 4 that afternoon, said Imperial County Coroner Investigator Rick Williams.

Her body was recovered by the Imperial County Sheriff's Office Dive Team and sheriff's boating deputies about 4 p.m. Sunday in the Colorado River about a quarter mile south of the park, Williams said.

Amanda was identified by next of kin at the scene of her body's recovery, Williams said.

The cause of death is yet to be determined. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

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