The body of missing California woman Jolissa Fuentes has been found after a two-month-long search, officials announced on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old’s body was found at a crash scene at the foot of a 400-foot cliff in a rural area of Fresno County north of Pine Flat Lake after police found evidence that Fuentes’ car had run off a road, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said at a press conference.

Fuentes’ family reported her missing on Aug. 7 after she went home from a family gathering before dawn to collect some belongings. She was last seen leaving a convenience store while driving a 2011 silver Hyundai Accent, which was found at the scene, police said. 

While the cause of the crash has yet to be determined, police said they believe Fuentes was most likely tired after being up throughout the night.

Police had previously searched the area where Fuentes was found. However, a dense brush hindered their efforts. Search and rescue teams had to rappel down over 400 feet to recover Fuentes’ body Monday night, officials said.

Jolissa Fuentes, 22.
Jolissa Fuentes, 22, died in an apparent car crash.
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scene of car crash
Fuentes and her car were found at the foot of a 400 foot cliff after a two-month search.
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Fuentes’ parents, Norma Nunez and Joey Fuentes, fought back tears as they stood beside law enforcement at Tuesday’s press conference, thanking local law enforcement and the public for their support and helping locate their daughter.

“I want to thank the community, not just the community, this whole nation. The cries and the pain of my wife and my sisters and my family was heard around this whole country,” Joey said through sobs.

Law enforcement agencies, with the help of family members, had scoured an area west of Selma in Fresno County in their desperate search, which including with the use of drones.

Police believe fatigue caused Fuentes to drive off road and crash.
Police believe fatigue caused Fuentes to drive off the road and crash.
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Officers flew helicopters and spent hours in off-road vehicles driving around the Pine Flat area before Fuentes was finally found.

Independent divers, Adventures with Purpose, even joined the search. The same group helped find the body of 16-year-old Kiely Rodni in a Northern California reservoir earlier this month.



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