Missing fisherman's body found in Alameda

The Alameda County coroner's bureau confirmed today that a body discovered by divers in the Bethany Reservoir on Thursday is that of missing fisherman Eric Wright.

The body of the 32-year-old was discovered just after 3 p.m. near the area where Wright's boat was seen capsized the afternoon of Dec. 23, sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.

Wright, a Tracy resident, was fishing in the reservoir, located in a state recreation area northeast of Livermore, with his father-in-law, Nelson said. He reportedly asked his father-in-law if he could take the boat out for another spin around the reservoir before leaving for the day, Sgt. James Jukich said.

His father-in-law agreed, saying he would go to the bathroom and retrieve the truck used to transport the 12-foot aluminum boat before coming back to the boat ramp, according to Jukich.

The father-in-law returned to see the boat capsized about 200 to 300 yards offshore and Wright nowhere in sight, according to Nelson.

Sheriff's divers, search dogs, and helicopters with infrared technology began searching the 49-degree reservoir water and the surrounding recreation area at about 4 p.m. Dec. 23, Nelson said.

The search ended after about 24 hours and became a recovery.

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