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Family of missing Marina Del Rey woman asks for public's help

August 18, 2012 |  9:12 am

Rebecca weissFriends and family members of a missing Marina Del Rey woman will hand out fliers Saturday morning asking for the public’s help in finding her.

Rebecca Weiss, 50, was reported missing on Aug. 11 by her husband, Alan Weiss, who told police that she had gone diving alone in a cove near the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, but never returned. The couple, who have been married 20 years, are both experienced divers.

Rebecca Weiss’ black BMW X5 and some diving equipment were found near the site where she may have entered the water, authorities said. But a dive bag containing some of her personal items did not include her cellphone or keys.

Alan Weiss was interviewed extensively Wednesday by a team of homicide investigators as divers continued to search for his wife.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Holly Francisco said detectives were also reviewing video from surveillance cameras that may have captured any of her movements on the day she was reported missing.

Reached by phone on Thursday, Alan Weiss continued to decline comment. "I do not want to talk about this yet," he said. "She is still missing."

Weiss told deputies he last saw his wife driving away from their Marina del Rey home wearing a wetsuit, Francisco said. He told authorities that the spot near the resort was one of the couple's favorite diving spots, she said.

He told investigators that when his wife failed to return home at 5 p.m., he went to the area to look for her and found her belongings on the beach. Authorities conducted an extensive, yet fruitless search.

Rebecca Weiss is described as Asian with black hair, brown eyes, about 5-feet-5 and 115 pounds. She was last seen leaving her residence in the 13000 block of Marina Pointe Drive in Marina Del Rey.

Friends and family members planned to gather at Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall, 30940 Hawthorne Boulevard, at 9 a.m. to pass out fliers. Anyone with any information about Weiss' whereabouts is asked to call the Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500.


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Photo: Rebecca Weiss/Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department