Death of UC Riverside student whose body was found in Newport Bay a 'tragedy,' school says
Officials at UC Riverside called the death of a student found floating in Newport Harbor a "tragedy" while coroner's officials said he appeared to to have drowned.
"This is a tragedy and our hearts go out to his family," UCR Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jim Sandoval said in a prepared statement. "We will be working with the family to provide anything we can for their comfort."
The body of Alan Sun-Long Lin, 22, of Irvine was found about 7:15 a.m. Sunday just south of Lido Park Drive by local residents, Newport Beach Police Sgt. Steve Burdette said. Lin's body, which was spotted near the Bluewater Grill, looked like it had been in the water for some time.
Investigators don't believe that foul play was involved because no marks or bruises were found on the corpse, Burdette said. A spokesperson for the coroner confirmed that the cause of death was believed to be by saltwater drowning, but results from a toxicology report were pending.
-- Sarah Peters and Joseph Serna, Daily Pilot / Times Community News
Photo: A flier taped to a traffic sign at 17th Street and Newport Boulevard alerted the public to Alan Sun-Long Lin's disappearance before his body was found floating in Newport Bay near Lido Park Drive. Credit: Don Leach / Times Community News