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Body found off Santa Monica may be that of man who jumped off Venice Pier [Updated]

July 11, 2010 | 12:28 pm
A fisherman found a body floating off Santa Monica on Sunday morning, and officials said they believe it may be that of a West Hollywood man who jumped off the Venice Pier last week during Fourth of July festivities.

Los Angeles County Lifeguard Capt. Terry Hearst said a man fishing on a boat discovered the body about 1,000 yards from shore off of Ocean Front Walk in Santa Monica about 8:10 a.m. The Lifeguard’s Baywatch team retrieved the body, which was handed over to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

Hearst said no identification was found on the body, but based on circumstances, he believed the victim was Brian Patrick Dunn, 31, who jumped into the ocean fully clothed  about 2:30 a.m. July 5 after a night of festivities.

At the time of the incident, officials searched on land and in the water using a Coast Guard helicopter and two rescue vessels, along with boats from the Los Angeles County fire and sheriff's departments. They suspended the search on the night of the 5th.There was a high-surf advisory in effect when Dunn jumped off the pier.

[Updated at 4:24: The Los Angeles County coroner confirmed that the body was that of Brian Patrick Dunn, 31. Family has been notified and an autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

“I have no comment other than he was a great brother and friend," said Dunn's brother, Sean Dunn, in a written statement on Facebook. "I will miss him dearly. He lived a beautiful life and touched so many, as evidenced by the outpouring of support we've seen since his passing.”]

-- Abby Sewell