Daphne Fontino Death, Obituary – According to officials, the body of a female was discovered inside a vehicle that had been completely submerged in floodwaters in Forestville on Wednesday morning. The vehicle had been completely submerged, according to authorities. Someone called 9-1-1 around ten a.m. on Tuesday to report a vehicle trapped in flood waters on the 6000 block of Trenton-Healdsburg Road near River Road, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.
The vehicle’s location was described as being near River Road. The caller mentioned that there was water in the vehicle before the connection abruptly went dead. According to the sheriff’s office, dispatchers attempted to call back numerous times but received no response during any of those attempts. A large number of deputies, as well as water rescue crews from the sheriff’s department and the fire department, as well as a sheriff’s department helicopter and a California Highway Patrol helicopter, arrived at the scene to search for the vehicle and its driver.
According to the sheriff’s office, the search continued all day Tuesday until the sun went down, but neither the vehicle nor the driver could be found. At 7:46 a.m. on Wednesday, the water rescue crews returned to the location where they discovered the submerged vehicle. The location was approximately 100 yards off the road and had floodwaters of 8-10 feet. This discovery was made on Wednesday morning at six o’clock in the morning. After being assigned to the marine unit, a deputy went into the sea and discovered a dead body inside the vehicle.
More law enforcement officers and firefighters assisted in removing the body from the vehicle. According to the county coroner’s office, the woman was identified as Daphne Fontino, a Ukiah resident who was 43 years old at the time of her death. The general public has not been given any additional information. This person was the eighteenth person to die in California as a direct result of the string of atmospheric river storms and the effects that those storms had produced.