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Published On: Thu, Jan 5th, 2017

Missing California woman, Olivia Gonzalez identified as body found at Ragged Point

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office has identified the body found on Tuesday near the wreckage of a car at Ragged Point as Olivia Hannah Gonzalez, one of two missing person from North Hollywood.

Gonzalez, 20, and Brian Fernandez were last seen headed toward Big Sur around Christmas time. They were driving a tan-colored Honda Civic with their two dogs on a holiday road trip up the coast.

 

Missing California couple: Olivia Gonzalez and Brian Fernandez

The body and the vehicle were discovered Tuesday afternoon in rocks more than 300 feet off the side of Highway 1. No other bodies were found in or around the vehicle Tuesday evening. As of 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sheriff’s search and rescue and a dive team were headed to the area to attempt a search for additional remains.

The wrecked car has been described as tan, but emergency crews said it was too damaged to even make out a license plate Tuesday evening. Crews planned to attempt to recover the vehicle on Wednesday depending on weather conditions.

“We believe there may be potential other victims at the scene, so that’s why we sent our search and rescue as well as our dive team to do a search of the area,” said Tony Cipolla, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.

“The car is located at the surf line, so there’s a possibility that one of the victims may have gone in the water, so we will use our dive team to look along the shoreline to see if the victim is located there, as well as having our search and rescue do a search of the area, a general search. The key to all of this is making sure that we can get the car out of that location because there’s a possibility there may be a victim underneath the car.”

A dead dog was also found near the vehicle on Tuesday.

Sheriff’s officials described it as a light brown Labrador Retriever mix.

Cipolla said the California Highway Patrol is handling the crash investigation, while the Sheriff’s Office is involved through the coroner’s unit to identify the body and notify next of kin.

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