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DATE/TIME: Thursday, July 2, 2020/7:20 p.m.

INCIDENT: Death Investigation

LOCATION: California shoreline of the Colorado River approximately ½ mile south of Blankenship Bend

VICTIM: Raegan Heitzig, age 26, resident of Ventura

SUMMARY: UPDATE: July 24, 2020

On July 23, 2020, the victim found on the California shoreline was identified to be Raegan Heitzig. A Forensic Odontologist was able to identify the victim by using her dental records.

Raegan was a passenger in one of two boats that were involved in a head-on collision on September 1, 2018, on a stretch of the river between Pirates Cove and the Topock Marina, north of Lake Havasu and south of Needles. Personnel from several agencies searched the river and riverbanks from the crash site to Lake Havasu for weeks following the crash.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit at (760) 326-9200.


On Thursday, July 2, 2020, at approximately 7:30 p.m., the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department received information that a body was found on the California shoreline of the Colorado River approximately ½ mile South of Blankenship Bend. Deputies assigned to the Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit and a San Bernardino County Coroner Investigator responded to the location and took possession of the body.

The identity of the victim is pending positive identification by the Coroner’s Division

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Refer: Public Affairs Division
Phone No. (909)387-3700
Case No.: 2520000073

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department