A physique that was found final week in an underwater cave in Southern California may be that of atwo years ago, authorities stated Monday. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, working with divers from different companies, recovered the stays Saturday, every week after it was notified that two leisure divers had found a attainable physique close to the ocean ground in a cave system on Santa Cruz Island.
“The location of the recovery corresponds to a missing diver investigation from 2020,” a Sheriff’s Office statement said.
Ryder Sturt, 34, of Port Hueneme, was diving for lobster with a companion on Nov. 29, 2020, in the Painted Cave Preserve space of the central California coastal island and by no means surfaced, authorities have stated.
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Narwhal responded the radio name for assist from Sturt’s diving companion, and with the help of a sheriff’s helicopter and dive groups, searched the ocean waters round Santa Cruz Island with no success, CBS Los Angeleson the time.
Coroner’s investigators will use fast DNA testing to verify the identification of the physique, and the dedication may be accomplished subsequent week, the Sheriff’s Office stated.
Santa Cruz Island is situated about 22 miles southwest of Santa Barbara.