Press release from the California Highway Patrol:

In the early morning hours of January 29th, 2024, CHP Trinity River Area units were notified by CHP Redding Communications Center of a missing/overdue party reported to have been traveling through Trinity County along the State Route 299 corridor. The missing person, 40 year old Roxana Miller of Garberville, CA, was reportedly driving a maroon 2005 Toyota Tundra with a camper shell. CHP Trinity River units scoured State Route 299 and at approximately 1332 hours, an officer located a partially submerged maroon camper shell in the Trinity River near mile post marker 18. The officer scaled the near vertical embankment to the river in an attempt to verify whether or not the camper shell was associated with Miller’s vehicle. The camper shell appeared to have been detached from the vehicle which was not visible. Given the recent storms in the area, the river was high and turbulent with near zero visibility. Trinity County Search and Rescue divers responded and assessed the scene, determining the river conditions were too unsafe to attempt a locate and recovery operation.

On February 13th, 2024, it was determined river conditions were safe enough to attempt a full recovery operation. Trinity County Search and Rescue, Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, and Trinity River CHP personnel conducted a successful extraction of the vehicle with the assistance of recovery divers. Once the vehicle was recovered, it was discovered Ms. Miller was deceased inside the vehicle. The CHP would like to express our sincere sympathy to the Miller family in the loss of their loved one.

The cause of the collision is under investigation. It is unknown at this point if alcohol and/or drugs were a contributing factor in this collision.