Missing Yuba City man, woman found dead, officials say

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Officials announced on Wednesday that they had found a man and a woman, both from Yuba City, who disappeared earlier this month after a day trip from which they never returned. The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said it received a call from the Butte County Gridley Police Department just after 5 p.m. explaining that a man had called 911 to report a vehicle that appeared to have crashed near Highway 20 and Poker Flats Road in Penn Valley. of the California Highway Patrol responded with deputies to that area, the sheriff’s office said. There, the man pointed them to the vehicle that had come off an embankment. The sheriff’s office told KCRA 3 that the vehicle was not visible from the roadway. The California Highway Patrol identified two people who died outside the vehicle as 28-year-old Janette Pantoja and 36-year-old Juan Almanza Zavala. CHP does not know who the driver was at the time of the accident. This part of Penn Valley is where Janette’s family told KCRA 3 that her phone was last pinged. Janette and Zavala went to Reno on August 6 for a car show called Hot August Nights and planned to return that same evening, but never did. Janette and Zavala dated for eight years, but broke up a few years ago. The family said Janette’s younger sister spoke to her about 11:30 p.m. that night when Janette said she was on her way home. Janette’s current boyfriend spoke to her around the same time and told him she was 30 minutes away from home. residence. The sheriff’s office searched the areas around the last known phone calls, which were in Nevada County, and all the homes associated with rural Nevada County. That includes the location where both bodies were found Wednesday night.

Officials announced on Wednesday that they had found a man and a woman, both from Yuba City, who disappeared earlier this month after a day trip from which they never returned.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said it received a call from the Butte County Gridley Police Department just after 5 p.m. explaining that a man had called 911 to report a vehicle that appeared to have crashed near Highway 20 and Poker Flats Road in Penn Valley.

California Highway Patrol officers responded with deputies to that area, the sheriff’s office said. There the man pointed them to the vehicle that was standing on a dike.

The sheriff’s office told KCRA 3 that the vehicle was not visible from the roadway.

The California Highway Patrol identified two people who died outside the vehicle as 28-year-old Janette Pantoja and 36-year-old Juan Almanza Zavala. CHP does not know who the driver was at the time of the accident.

This part of Penn Valley is where Janette’s family told KCRA 3 that her phone was last pinged.

Janette and Zavala went to Reno on August 6 for a car show called Hot August Nights and planned to return that same night, but they never did. Janette and Zavala were in a relationship for eight years, but broke up a few years ago.

The family said Janette’s younger sister spoke to her about 11:30 p.m. that night when Janette said she was on her way home. Janette’s current boyfriend spoke to her around the same time and told him she was 30 minutes away from home.

In a statement sent to KCRA 3 on Monday, both agencies said investigators searched mobile data looking for clues as to the whereabouts of the two adults.

The sheriff’s office searched the areas around the last known phone calls, which were in Nevada County, and all the homes associated with rural Nevada County. That includes the location where both bodies were found Wednesday night.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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