The young woman pulled out of the Napa River on Wednesday morning north of the Third Street bridge appears to be a suicide, Napa Police Capt. Jeff Troendly said.
The 21-year-old woman, who lived with her parents, had been reported missing four hours earlier, according to police and the Napa County Sheriff’s Office.
An autopsy will be done either Thursday or Friday to determine the cause of death, Napa County Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Blower said.
Shortly after 10 a.m., a passer-by spotted the body in the river near Fifth Street as the tide was coming in. Both Napa fire and police personnel responded.
At about 10:15 a.m., two Napa firefighters with the department’s water rescue team swam out and pulled the body to the east shore beneath the Borreo building, just north of Third Street, witnesses reported.
The woman, who was wearing hot pink pants and a purple top, was brought to shore as passers-by wondered what was going on.
Troendly said a relative of the woman had called police at about 6 a.m. to report she had left a residence on Linden Street on foot. Linden is located in southeast Napa, more than a mile and a half away from downtown.
“She was in crisis,” said Troendly, who didn’t elaborate.
Police officers looked for the missing woman but were not able to find her until she was spotted by the passer-by.