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Body found near Seal Beach believed to be missing swimmer

September 16, 2011 |  7:51 am

Missing Seal Beach swimmer
The Orange County coroner on Friday was working to identify a body found in the water near Seal Beach, where a 24-year-old man went missing two weeks ago.

Authorities said they believe the body, found Thursday at the west jetty of Anaheim Bay, may be that of Jowayne Bindford.

The Long Beach man was among four men who went into the ocean off the gated community of Surfside on Aug. 31 during a high surf and strong rip tide advisory. Three of them made it to shore; Bindford did not.

The U.S. Coast Guard launched a search but called it off the next day.


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Photo: Gail Benford, right, is comforted by her daughter, Jody, as the two walk on the morning after Benford's son, Jowayne, went missing in the waters off Sunset Beach. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times