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Body of Missing Santa Maria Man Found

Body of Missing Santa Maria Man Found

Guadalupe, CALIF. - Search and rescue groups found the body of Benito Flores. Santa Barbara County Coroner's Office has identified the body of a man who was found Friday morning, the victim is 46-year-old Benito Flores of Santa Maria who had been missing since the morning of March 30th.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies responded. The body was found in a tidal pool near Guadalupe Dunes Park.

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.

It's been nearly two weeks since Flores went missing when strong riptide conditions washed him to sea after a baptism ceremony at the Guadalupe dunes preserve.

Family members are waiting to speak with all members of Flores's family before organizing a memorial service.


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