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Recreational divers first to spot body off Palos Verdes Peninsula

August 18, 2012 |  3:04 pm


Authorities say a body recovered Saturday off the Palos Verdes Peninsula was clad in a wetsuit and that the individual's identity has yet to be determined.

Pulled from the ocean about 200 yards off the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, the body was recovered in the same area where Rebecca Weiss, 50, of Marina del Rey was reported missing by her husband on Aug. 11. Authorities could not immediately determine if the body pulled from the water Saturday was a man or a woman.

Alan Weiss told authorities his wife had left home to go diving last Saturday but had not returned.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Holly Francisco, briefing reporters, said the body was first located by recreational divers, who summoned authorities. Francisco said identification of the body would be made by the L.A. County coroner's office.

The missing woman's husband has cooperated fully with the investigation, Francisco said.

"He met with detectives and provided a whole statement of his last encounter with her," she said, adding that Alan Weiss' account of events was consistent in two interviews with sheriff's detectives.

She said there was no evidence of strife in the couple's marriage and noted that the sheriff's homicide unit's purview included adult missing person cases and drownings.

The cove below the resort will be closed as detectives search the water for evidence, the lieutenant said.

Earlier, friends and family members of Weiss had gathered at Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall to ask the public's help in finding her.


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Photo: A lifeguard boat from the L.A. County Fire Department approaches three divers in the ocean hundreds of yards off the coast near the Terranea Resort. The divers a short time earlier found an unidentified body in the water. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times