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'Can't fathom what's going on': Wife, loved ones search for man, missing 1 week

Michael McGough, The Sacramento Bee on

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Family and friends continued to search Monday for a Gold River, Calif., man who has been missing for a week, after his van was found at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on the west end of Lake Natoma.

Vijay Kumar, also known as Vijay Singh, 59, has been missing since the evening of June 10, his wife and a family friend told The Sacramento Bee by phone Monday morning.

Kumar's van was found in a parking lot at Sac State's Aquatic Center off of Hazel Avenue on June 10. Before finding the van, his family received photos taken near the bridge over the American River via a shared iCloud account.

Madhur Kumar said she last saw her husband that morning. They went to a school orientation together for one of their two sons. Everything seemed normal, she said.

"It's so unlike him to disappear and leave his family," she said.

Madhur Kumar left for work about 9:15 a.m. June 10, and within the next hour, Vijay Kumar told their teenage son he was leaving for work. The couple's other son, who is back home from college, was asleep.


That was the last time his family saw or heard from him, she said.

"He just loved his family. He was a very family-oriented person," Madhur Kumar said. "He just adored his kids. We were a very close-knit family. We're severely devastated."

Madhur Kumar said that in the past few days, law enforcement has helped with helicopter searches. She said that she also has a support group of about 100 friends and acquaintances and that dozens of volunteers have helped look for her husband -- on foot, in kayaks on the American River or with the help of dogs. So far, there are no clues to his whereabouts, she said.

Spokeswoman Sgt. Tess Deterding confirmed the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office has been coordinating with the family as dozens of loved ones continue a search for Kumar. But she said that at this point, the "factors are not there" for an official investigation to continue into Kumar's disappearance.


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