FREMONT (CBS SF) — A body discovered in a Fremont creek Thursday night has been determined to be that of a missing woman who plunged into the creek while driving during a rainstorm last month.

The body of Jayda Jenkins was found around 5:30 p.m. Thursday along Alameda Creek in the Ardenwood area of Fremont, police said.

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“Jayda was located in an area 11 miles from the original point of entry where her car went into the water,” said Alameda County Sheriff’s Department Spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly. “It’s about 2 miles from where the creek connects to the Bay. That is a considerable distance.”

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Jayda Jenkins’ overturned car in Alameda Creek, January 24, 2017. (CBS)

The Alameda County Coroner’s Office confirmed the identity of the 18-year-old from Tracy Friday morning.

Kelly called the death “a tragic accident” and said his agency had been in touch with her family.

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“We have been in touch with her family,” Kelly said. “They were relieved to know that we found Jayda. They now can begin their closure. To begin to start healing and begin to try to make sense of this tragedy.”

Jenkins body was found by a walking his dogs along a trail on the north side of the creek. Fremont police said the body had been in the water for “some time.”

On January 21, Jenkins apparently lost control after a collision with another vehicle on Niles Canyon Road during a heavy rainstorm and went into the water. Three days later, her overturned car was pulled from the creek but her body was not inside.

Rescue workers searched the area extensively after the crash but did not locate her body.

The sheriff’s office Friday morning on Twitter sent their condolences to Jenkins’ family and friends as part of its confirmation of
Jenkins’ identity.

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