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Authorities Recover a Body from the Ocean

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Lifeguards on Wednesday recovered a body near Three Arch Bay presumed to be that of missing teen Anthony Parnell. The 18-year-old was swept out to sea 11 days earlier from Thousand Steps Beach in South Laguna by a large wave. The teen and three friends visiting from Las Vegas had clambered over a rock ledge at the far end of the beach during large surf, witnesses told lifeguards.

Laguna Beach police Sgt. Tim Kleiser said Wednesday a Three Arch Bay resident on South La Senda Drive called authorities about 4 p.m. after spotting something that looked like a body in the water.

The grim find was taken to the Dana Point Harbor, where authorities awaited for the arrival of a coroner to make a formal identification, Kleiser said.

Lifeguards suspended their recovery efforts last Thursday after calmer seas allowed the deployment of divers.

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The author is the editor of the Laguna Beach Independent. Prior to taking the job in 2005, she worked previously as a reporter at five daily newspapers, including the Daily Pilot in Costa Mesa, the Daily News of Los Angeles and the New York Times. Reach her by emailing [email protected]

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