The search for 20-year-old Lucy Xiong continued Thursday as the Fresno Irrigation District lowered water levels in a canal to help aid Fresno police detectives.
Lt. Mark Hudson said Thursday afternoon that nothing turned up in the canal but shopping carts and debris. The search began at 7 a.m., near First Street and McKinley Avenue and ended more than six hours later near Marks and Nielsen avenues.
Over 20 detectives helped search the canal for Xiong, who was last seen Friday just after midnight when she ran from her home after an argument with her mom. A call came in to police around 1 a.m. Friday about a woman possibly drowning in the canal in the McKinley Avenue and First Street area, but police didn’t find any evidence then and closed the call.
The Fresno Irrigation District worked with the Kings River Water Association Thursday to stop the water at Pine Flat Lake from coming into the Dry Creek canal, said Gary Serrato, FID general manager. Serrato said growers were told before the search that they would see water deliveries curtailed. Water flow was expected to resume to normal levels.
Hudson said that unless another tip leads detectives back to the canal, police believe the search there has ended.