Remaining Conception Victim Found

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Divers investigating the Conception boat wreckage off Santa Cruz Island (Photo: SBSO)

Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office
September 11, 2019

The Conception Incident Unified Command is relieved to report that search and recovery efforts today were successful in locating the last missing victim.  DNA testing is still being conducted to confirm identities of 7 of the 34 victims recovered.


By edhat staff
September 10, 2019

With improved weather conditions, search and recovery efforts resumed Tuesday to search for the body of the missing Conception boat passenger.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office announced the Conception Incident Unified Command sent divers from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, FBI and National Parks Service to the scene Tuesday morning to resume the search for the remaining missing victim.

Salvage operations are anticipated to resume Wednesday. The Coast Guard will continue to oversee the implementation of the salvage plan. Environmental concerns will be mitigated in coordination with the National Parks Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and California Office of Spill Prevention and Response.

Before Friday, divers had recovered 33 of the 34 victims who perished during a horrific fire aboard the Conception dive boat in the early morning hours of September 2 off the coast of Santa Cruz Island.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff – Coroner’s Office confirmed 22 of the 34 victims last week. On Tuesday they released the identities of 5 additional victims. The Coroner’s Office, with the assistance of rapid DNA technology has been confirming the identities of victims and notifying families.

Additional family DNA samples are being routed to the Coroner’s Office. Once received, Investigators will be able to compare and match the DNA profiles with the last 6 victims currently in the Coroner’s Office care. Those final identifications are anticipated to be confirmed later this week.

The additional victims have been identified as:

  • Adrian Dahood-Fritz, 40, F, Sacramento, CA
  • Lisa Fiedler, 52, F,  Mill Valley, CA
  • Kristina “Kristy” Finstad, 41, F, Tamrick Pines, CA
  • Fernisa Sison, 57, F,  Stockton, CA
  • Kristian Takvam, 34, M, San Francisco, CA

A total of 27 of the 34 victims have been officially identified by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff - Coroner's Office. 

More information about the victims who have been identified by family members and loved ones can be found here.

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a-1575939377 Sep 12, 2019 12:18 AM
Remaining Conception Victim Found

On the beach today I met some visitors from Melbourne, Australia. They asked me about the boat accident. Thanks to Edhat, I was able to give them a fairly good run-down on recovery operations. It's good that the last body has been recovered. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to bring her back. The entire Conception fiasco is so heartbreaking, it still seems like a terrible, terrible dream. Condolences to the families of the lost divers and the one crew member.

a-1575939377 Sep 11, 2019 08:24 AM
Remaining Conception Victim Found

I believe the missing victim is 17 yr. old Berenice Felipe, the best friend of the other 17 yr. old who was celebrating her birthday with her parents on the Conception.

a-1575939377 Sep 10, 2019 09:34 PM
Remaining Conception Victim Found

When will we know the name of the missing victim? When the body is identified? The Conception must have had a passenger manifest.

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