Crews recovered a body in Vacaville on Friday, where searchers were looking for a missing federal investigator from Oakland, Sandra Coke. The body is that of a female, but the identity of the body has not been confirmed.
This undated photo provided by the Coke family shows Sandra Coke. Coke was last seen Sunday night, Aug. 4, 2013, after leaving her home in Oakland, Calif. Police are asking for the public's help as they try to locate the missing 50-year-old California woman who worked as a federal investigator. Relatives say Sandra Coke of Oakland was a capital case investigator for the Office of the Federal Public Defender in the Eastern District of California. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Coke Family)
The Contra Costa County search and rescue team found the body on the west side of Interstate 80, across from Lagoon Valley Park. The body was found near the base of a tree.
"Shortly after they began their search, they did in fact locate the body of the female,” said the Solano County Sheriff's Department’s Daryl Snedeker. “That scene has been secured, the roadway has been shut off.”
Snedeker said the search-and-rescue operation is now winding down in light of the discovery.
The search for Coke, who went missing Sunday night, led investigators from her home in Oakland to Solano County Thursday evening. Investigators did not say what caused them to search there.
"This is an ongoing investigation. It's evolving. It's evolving quickly now. Things have happened. A body has been located," Snedeker said.
On Friday, crews scoured the Solano County fairgrounds and to a nearby lagoon in Vallejo, and then later in the day headed to Vacaville in the hopes of finding the 50-year-old woman, a federal investigator with the public defender's office in Sacramento who hasn't been seen since Sunday night.
In addition, police have identified a person of interest in connection to her disappearance.
Police have arrested 56-year-old Randy Alana on a parole violation and are questioning him in connection to Coke's disappearance. Alana is a high-risk sex offender with a violent past, including rape and kidnapping convictions. He has been in and out of jail since the 1980s.
Sources confirm Alana and Coke dated more than 20 years ago. They say she was recently trying to help him turn his life around.
Police on Thursday said Alana and Coke were seen together on the evening she went missing. Authorities also would not release information on what led them to the Vallejo fairgrounds.
"It's an above-the-ground search," Solano County Deputy Sheriff Daryl Snedeker said. "We are searching as much area as we can. It's just begun."
Starting at 8 a.m. Friday, crews began searching a three-mile area near the fairgrounds and Lake Chabot at Dan Foley Park near Six Flags amusement park. About noon, they headed to Vacaville.
Coke's friends and family are hoping a $100,000 reward will prompt someone to come forward in helping bring the single mother who works as a federal investigator home.
They released the following statement Friday morning, saying police have asked them not to comment on the case:
“Sandra Coke, our beloved daughter, sister and family member, disappeared on Sunday evening, and she has not returned.
We pray for her immediate return to us. We are enormously grateful for the efforts of everyone – law enforcement, colleagues and friends of Sandra, and members of the public and the media--who have labored day and night -- to find Sandra. We want to do everything we can at this point to help that search.
The police have asked us not to comment on details of the investigation. We will make no additional comments today. Thank you for your support in the search for our beloved Sandra.”