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Homicide detectives to interview husband of missing diver

August 15, 2012 |  2:27 pm

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

After a fourth day of searching failed to produce the body of a missing diver, Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide detectives said they are now investigating her disappearance and plan to interview her husband.

Rebecca Weiss, 50, was reported missing Saturday by her husband after she did not return from diving in a cove near the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. Alan Weiss told authorities she went alone to the cove to free dive. They are both experienced divers.

When she didn't return, Alan Weiss went to look for her and found her car in the parking lot and her dive bag where she entered the water, authorities said.

Dive teams have searched for four days in the kelp, cove and surrounding area. The case has been shifted from the missing person's detail to a team of homicide investigators. Several law enforcement sources said suspicious circumstances surrounding the case warrant the involvement of veteran homicide detectives.

Reached by telephone Wednesday, Alan Weiss, 60, declined to answer questions about his wife's disappearance until he talks to detectives later today.

Sheriff's Lt. Holly Francisco said Weiss is cooperating with investigators. Although homicide detectives are investigating, it is still considered a missing person or possible death case.

Francisco said it is unclear whether anyone else was with Weiss on Saturday at the beach.

"We are unsure at this point," she said.

Alan Weiss told deputies he last saw his wife driving away from their Marina del Rey home in her BMW X5 wearing a wetsuit, Francisco said.

He told authorities the spot near the resort was one of the couple's favorite snorkeling spots. Free diving without breathing apparatus is considered dangerous alone, but Alan Weiss told authorities his wife often did it without a dive buddy. They have been married for 20 years.

Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

For the record, 6:17 p.m., Aug. 15: A previous version of this post referred to Sheriff's Lt. Holly Francisco as "he"; it should have been "she."


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