Body search in murky San Mateo lagoon may lead to charges 

A woman may face charges for allegedly fooling emergency officials into believing her husband and child were trapped in a car that was driven into a San Mateo lagoon on Saturday.

The woman's lie prompted a nearly three-hour nighttime search of the murky water, San Mateo police said.

Cops have passed along the case to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office, spokesman Lt. Ted Gonzales said Monday.

Emergency crews responded to the scene and found the car in the lagoon near E. Hillsdale Boulevard around 2:50 a.m., Gonzales said.



The woman was on the shoreline. She initially said she was alone in the car, but changed her story and claimed her husband and child were with her, Gonzales said.

Fire officials launched an extensive water rescue operation. During the search, police contacted the woman’s family and learned they’d been duped.

The woman was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital, police said.

Police don’t yet know whether the woman drove the vehicle into the lagoon on purpose or on accident.

“A significant amount of water rescue assets and personnel were deployed for this incident,” Gonzales said.

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