Identity of accident victim awaiting autopsy results
November 16, 2011
Authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy before confirming the identity of a woman found in a crushed pickup along the East Fork of the Carson River.
Douglas County investigators believe that the body found inside a vehicle that rolled 90 feet down an embankment on Monday is that of missing Bodie Flats resident 56-year-old Patricia Loraine Bosch.
Bosch’s daughter, Dayton resident Tanya Marroquin offered her thanks to searchers on her Facebook page.
“I’d like to thank everyone for all that you’ve done to help find my mother,” she said. “I am deeply touched. My mother will now be at peace as soon as we can lay here to rest.”
Bosch was last seen when she left her home on Nov. 2 to drive to the FISH store in Carson City. Bosch was reported missing by her family on Veterans Day.
The vehicle found along the East Fork of the Carson River below Power Dam Road matches the description of Bosch’s 1986 green Ford pickup with a white camper shell.
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Douglas County authorities enlisted a bulldozer on Tuesday morning to flip the pickup over and tow it out of the brush.
Firefighters had to remove the roof of the pickup to extract the body from the wreckage.
Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jim Halsey said investigators were not able to positively identify the person inside the pickup as Bosch. Her body was taken to the Washoe County Coroner’s Office for fingerprinting and autopsy.
“The decedent, an adult female, appears to be of the same physical size and stature as missing person Lorraine Bosch; however, due to observed physical condition, positive identification could not be made at the scene,” he said.
Halsey said investigators believe the pickup was traveling on Power Dam Road when it hit loose dirt along the edge of the roadway that gave way, causing the vehicle to roll down the hill.
Vegetation along the riverside made the vehicle difficult to spot from the road.
A few items were visible from the road, including a heater coil, a green flashlight and other odds and ends.