Lifeguards find human remains in waters off Solana Beach

SAN DIEGO - The body of a man appearing to be in his 30s or 40s was found in the ocean by a group of swimmers in Solana Beach early Friday, authorities said.

The swimmer reported the discovery off Fletcher Cove Beach Park at 7:45 a.m., according to authorities.

"There was a group of swimmers who come down every Friday morning and they actually spotted [him] and one of the swimmers came to shore and told somebody on the beach to call 911 and they did and actually swam back and got the body and waited for us to get there," said Craig Miller, a Solana Beach lifeguard.   

The man is described to be 5 feet 10 inches tall and may be white or Hispanic. He was found naked and may have been in the water for at least 12 to 24 hours. There were no signs of trauma on his body, authorities said.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office will determine the cause of death, authorities said.

Due to the appearance of the body, authorities did not believe it was that of an Oceanside mariner who went missing last week, Amos said.

Loren Ruden, 52, disappeared Sept. 9 while on a pleasure outing on his 21-foot boat, which was found unoccupied the next day in the sea north of La Jolla. The U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies searched hundreds of square miles of ocean and shoreline for two days in hopes of finding Ruden before calling off the effort.

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