The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Glen Ellen woman who was found in a Cazadero creek Tuesday afternoon.A sheriff’s deputy found Erica Shane, 34, submerged in the Austin Creek in the 18000 block of Fort Ross Road in Cazadero, located in the hills inland from the Sonoma Coast around 3 p.m. The deputy tried to revive Shane but the Fort Ross Fire Department pronounced her dead at the scene, Lt. Chris Spallino said.The deputy had been dispatched to the area to investigate an unoccupied silver Subaru Forester that had been parked in the roadway for several hours, Spallino said.The deputy searched for the driver along a steep path that led to the fast-moving creek. He found Shane’s fully clothed, unconscious and submerged body about 200 yards up the creek, Spallino said.The sheriff’s office has been in contact with Shane’s family but it is still investigating why Shane was in Cazadero, Spallino said.There were no obvious signs of foul play but the death is considered suspicious because of where Shane parked and where she is from,Spallino said. An autopsy today is pending toxicology tests.Anyone who had contact with Shane or saw something suspicious in the area is asked to call detective James Naugle at (707) 565-2185.
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