Solano Marine Patrol recovers body from creek, identification pending

On Saturday the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the search for Winters teen Eduardo Fierros who has been missing since July 3. (Rick von Geldern/Winters Express)

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After a weeklong search, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) announced it found the body of a deceased male in Lake Solano.

On the evening of Sunday, July 10, the SCSO posted on social media that its Marine Patrol recovered a deceased body from the water, and that more details will be released pending a positive identification. On Wednesday, the SCSO’s announced through a DNA analysis, the County Coroner had positively identified the remains of Eduardo Fierros.

Fierros, 18, has been the subject of a weeklong search of Lake Solano and Putah Creek since shortly after midnight on July 3 when the truck he was traveling in with 18-year-old Julio Vasquez left the roadway, clipped a tree and plunged into the water. Both teens were Winters High School Class of 2022 graduates.

The body was recovered 200 to 300 yards downstream from the crash site, according to Sergeant Rex Hawkins, who spoke to the Express in a phone interview on Tuesday morning.

After the accident, Vasquez was located by sheriff’s deputies on the south creek bed near the east end of Lake Solano County Park and Putah Creek Road, west of Canal Lane. Vasquez told first responders that Fierros was still in the truck. When reaching the submerged truck, first responders found it to be unoccupied. Vasquez received medical aid and first responders transported him to the hospital.

Solano County Search and Rescue teams searched the waters of Lake Solano Park with regional affiliates throughout the day and into the evening of July 3 without finding Fierros.

The Solano Office of Emergency Services (OES) is the designated lead in the rescue effort while the California Highway Patrol is heading the accident investigation.

Authorities and volunteers returned daily throughout the week to continue searching while family and friends stood vigil.

On Saturday, a large search effort took place, with the Solano County Sheriff’s Office reporting assistance from 70 personnel from regional agencies and volunteers.

Regional sheriff departments and search and rescue teams from Sacramento, Yolo, Alameda and Napa counties assisted Solano OES searching on both land and in water, as did the Vacaville Fire Protection District, Winters Fire Department and CAL FIRE.

Marine patrol boats and watercraft, divers, underwater cameras with sonar, underwater and airborne drones, dogs, a helicopter and shoreline patrol were all deployed throughout the week in search of Fierros.

Hawkins told the Express that shortly before 4 p.m. on Sunday, a deceased body surfaced in the water while a marine patrol boat and personal watercraft were searching in the area.

Update: To reflect positive identification of recovered remains.

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