Woman Drowns in Pit River

BIG BEND, Calif. - A 35-year-old woman apparently drowned in the Pit River in Big Bend.  

The name of the woman has not been released by authorities but her boyfriend, along with Big Bend locals, said it's Elizabeth Beil.

Her boyfriend, Seabrook Leaf, said she enjoyed science and nature.

He said she went on a walk Friday afternoon to study animal trackings. When it started to get late and she had not returned, he started to worry.

Shasta County Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene that night but couldn't find her.

They came back Saturday, along with Search and Rescue members, California Highway Patrol Air Operations and Shasta Air to continue the search. 

Deputies requested for PG&E to modify the flow of the river so they could see more of the shoreline.

They eventually found Beil around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Beil lived and worked with Leaf at the Big Bend Hot Springs for a little less than a year.

Locals said she was a free spirit with a good heart who cared about the land and nature.

Leaf said Beil was an amazing woman who had roots in Florida and New Jersey.  

There is no report of foul play.

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