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Murphys, CA — The search for 33-year old Jennifer Mellera was called off at 2:15 p.m., Saturday when her body was discovered in Murphys Creek.

Mellera left her Murphys home on foot at 3 a.m., Friday. Search and rescue teams including 100 trackers, six dog teams and a CHP helicopter looked for the missing woman for 35 hours.

The Calaveras County Sheriff´s Department says the area where she was found was steep and rocky and heavily covered in berry vines and low hanging branches.

The water rescue team was able to gain access to the area and when checking under the vegetation, Mellera was located.

The cause of death could not be determined at the time she was found.

Written by Vanessa Turner.