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Crews Search For Woman Who May Have Driven Into Russian River

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JENNER, Sonoma County (CBS 5/BCN/AP) – Rescue teams in Sonoma County searched the Russian River Monday morning where a 62-year-old woman was believed to have driven off the road south of Jenner late Saturday night, according to the sheriff’s office.

Friends of Phyliss Bin, 62, reported her missing Sunday morning after she failed to return to her hotel in Santa Rosa on Saturday night, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.

The Agoura Hills woman had dined with her friends at Rivers End restaurant in Jenner, after which she said she would follow in her white minivan on the drive from the coast at around 10 p.m.

After driving approximately two miles south, where state Highway 1 intersects with the Russian River and state Highway 116, Bin’s vehicle was no longer visible and she has not been seen since.

The sheriff’s office is investigating the possibility that Bin’s vehicle left the roadway and entered the Russian River.

Authorities found fresh tire tracks on a grassy shoulder of Highway 1 that overlooks the Russian River and an oil sheen in the water below.

Bin is described as white, 5 feet 9 inches tall with blue eyes and brown hair.

She was driving a white 2010 Chrysler minivan with California plate number 6MYV226.

Anyone who might have information regarding the missing woman should call the sheriff’s office at (707) 565-2650.

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