The Sheriff’s office is not yet saying if a woman’s body found Friday in the Kern River is that of Rita Bello.While the I.D. is still pending, KCSO has suspended the search. Bello was arrested for public intoxication on March 6th, but the officer got into a crash. She was taken to Kern Medical, then released and reportedly went back to the river and jumped in. Her boyfriend was present and called 911, but he said he couldn’t go into the river after her because he could not swim. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday and an I.D. may be released at that time.

Sean Michael Lisle