Sheriff Releases Names of 34 Conception Victims

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Sheriff Releases Names of 34 Conception Victims
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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

In a press briefing held at Sheriff’s Headquarters this afternoon, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown announced that all 34 victims of the Conception dive boat disaster have been identified.

The last victim from the Conception was located yesterday in a cove just west of where the vessel sank.  Divers from the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office, supported by the State Department of Fish and Wildlife were assigned to search the area as part of the Search and Recovery operations which resumed earlier this week. 

The Sheriff credited his Coroner’s Bureau, who was assisted by Sacramento County Coroner’s Office and Los Angeles County Medical Examiners Office, and the use of rapid DNA technology from the ANDE corporation for the successful identification of the victims.

Sheriff Brown said, “It is with a heavy heart that I share the names of those lost with you”.

Carol Diana Adamic                 60        F          Santa Cruz, CA

Juha Pekka Ahopelto               50        M         Sunnyvale, CA

Neal Gustav Baltz                     42        M         Phoenix, AZ

Patricia Ann Beitzinger             48        F          Chandler AZ

Vaidehi Campbell                    41        F          Felton, CA

Raymond "Scott" Chan             59        M         Los Altos, CA

Kendra Chan                            26        F          Oxnard, CA

Adrian Dahood-Fritz                40        F          Sacramento, CA

Justin Carroll Dignam              58        M         Anaheim, CA

Berenice Felipe                        16        F          Santa Cruz, CA

Lisa Fiedler                              52        F          Mill Valley, CA

Kristina "Kristy" Finstad           41        F          Santa Cruz, CA

Andrew Fritz                            40        M         Sacramento, CA

Daniel Garcia                           46        M         Berkeley, CA

Marybeth Guiney                     51        F          Santa Monica, CA

Yuko Hatano                           39        F          San Jose, CA

Yulia Krashennaya                   40        F          Berkeley, CA

Alexandra Kurtz                      26        F          Santa Barbara, CA

Xiang Lin                                45        F          Fremont, CA

Caroline McLaughlin               35        F          Oakland, CA

Charles McIlvain                      44        M         Santa Monica, CA

Kaustubh Nirmal                      33        M         Stamford, CT

Sanjeeri DeoPujari (Nirmal)     31        F          Stamford, CT

Angela Rose Quitasol               28        F          Stockton, CA

Evan Michel Quitasol               37        F          Stockton, CA

Nicole Storm Quitasol              31        F          Imperial Beach, CA

Michael Quitasol                      62        M         Stockton, CA 

Steven Salika                           55        M         Santa Cruz, CA

Tia Salika-Adamic                   17        F          Santa Cruz, CA

Sumil Sandhu                          45        M         Half Moon Bay, CA

Fernisa Sison                            57        F          Stockton, CA

Ted Strom                                62        M         Germantown, TN

Kristian Takvam                      34        M         San Francisco, CA

Wei Tan                                   26        F          Goleta, CA

[Read more about the victims here]

Sheriff Brown praised the coordination and cooperation of all of the dive teams involved in the, “physically and emotionally challenging task” of searching and recovering the victims.  Dive teams and dive support included the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Port Police, Federal Bureau of Investigations, National Parks Service and the State Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The Sheriff ended his remarks by expressing his sincere gratitude and appreciation for all of the incident partners in Unified Command, including the Coast Guard, Santa Barbara County Fire Department and the National Parks Service as well as the representatives and assistance provided by all of the other federal, state and local agencies that supported the incident.

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