Body of missing 30-year-old mother recovered from San Joaquin River


Three days after the search began for a 30-year-old mother who jumped into the San Joaquin River to save her daughter, her family finally got answers. On Saturday, the body found by a civilian diver who helped during search efforts was that of missing mother Brenda Duran. The Stanislaus Sheriff's Office said the body was located and recovered from the water at 5:30 p.m. Brenda Duran's family members are calling for volunteers to help with the search this weekend. “There was a bit of disappointment with everything that was going on. It wasn't until I was able to call someone and volunteer to help find her body,'' said her cousin, Aurora Padilla Duran. One person joining the search is diver Juan Heredia, who traveled from Stockton to Newman to help. Heredia told KCRA 3 he was in the water for about six hours before he saw the body. This is the second time he has helped in the search. In March, they found the body of a missing 15-year-old Stockton student who had jumped into the Calaveras River. Heredia has 28 years of experience as a diver and said helping families find a way out inspires him to do the work. Duran's family said that although it is not the end they wanted, they are grateful to Heredia. Padilla Duran said, “She was a wonderful mother to her 3 children and to us she passed away as a hero because she gave her life to save her daughter.”

Three days after the search began for a 30-year-old mother who jumped into the San Joaquin River to save her daughter, her family finally got answers.

On Saturday, the body found by a civilian diver who helped during search efforts was that of missing mother Brenda Duran.

The Stanislaus Sheriff's Office said the body was located and recovered from the water at 5:30 p.m.

Brenda Duran's family members called for volunteers to help with the search this weekend.

“There was a bit of disappointment with everything that was going on. It wasn't until I was able to call someone and volunteer to help find her body,'' said her cousin, Aurora Padilla Duran.

One person joining the search is diver Juan Heredia, who traveled from Stockton to Newman to help.

Heredia told KCRA 3 he was in the water for about 6 hours before he discovered the body.

This is the second time he has helped in the search.

In March, they found the body of a missing 15-year-old Stockton student who had jumped into the Calaveras River.

Heredia has 28 years of experience as a diver and said helping families find their way out inspires him to do the work he does.

Duran's family said that although it is not the end they wanted, they are grateful to Heredia.

Padilla Duran said, “She was a wonderful mother to her 3 children and to us she passed away a hero because she gave her life to save her daughter.”


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