Body of Missing Man in Guadalupe Recovered
updated: Apr 12, 2014, 9:01 AM
Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department
The Santa Barbara County Coroner's Office has identified the body of a man who was found this morning in
a tidal pool near Guadalupe Dunes Park. The victim is 46-year-old Benito Flores of Santa Maria who had
been missing since the morning of March 30th. Flores along with two other people was swept into the
ocean during strong riptide conditions at the conclusion of a baptismal ceremony. The other two people
managed to make it to shore but Flores was unaccounted for. Despite several days of searching the area
and surrounding coastline for several days, Flores was not located.
This morning, April 11, at approximately 7:45 a.m., a hiker who was in the Mussel Rock or Mussel Point
area discovered what appeared to be a body in a shallow, tidal pool area approximately two and a half
miles from where Flores was last seen. Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies responded and due to the
remote area, the Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team, Sheriff's Dive Team and Santa Barbara County Air
Support Copter 3 were called in for assistance. The groups worked together to retrieve the body and
transport the decedent out of the area.
Next of kin has been notified. The cause and manner of death is under investigation by the Santa Barbara
County Sheriff's Coroner's Office.
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March 31, 2014: Ocean Rescue Search
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