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Body found in Newport Bay may be missing UC Riverside student

February 13, 2011 |  3:25 pm

A passerby spotted the body of a man floating in Newport Bay early Sunday, and authorities are trying to determine whether it is that of a missing UC Riverside student, a police official said.

Newport Beach police detectives responding to the report shortly after 7 a.m. said they found the body floating in the Rhine Channel near the 600 block of Lido Park Drive, according to Sgt. Steve Burdette. After a coroner’s official inspected the situation, authorities pulled out the body, which appeared to be that of a man in his mid-20s.

Burdette said there were no obvious signs of foul play.

The body was found roughly a week after police received a report that a 23-year-old UC Riverside student was missing and was last seen in Newport Beach, Burdette said. The coroner's office is attempting to determine if the body was that of the student, he said.

-- Mitchell Landsberg