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A body found in an underwater cave system on Santa Cruz Island on Friday is believed to be that of a scuba diver who had been missing for two years, officials said.
The body was discovered Nov. 5 by two recreational divers swimming near the island off the Santa Barbara County coast, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. The divers spotted the body near the ocean floor in an underwater cave near Painted Cave Preserve, off the northwest side of the island.
It was the same area local officials and the U.S. Coast Guard searched unsuccessfully for 31-year-old Ryder Sturt of Ventura, who went missing Nov. 29, 2020, after he and a partner went diving for lobsters.
When the dive partner surfaced near the 20-foot boat they used, Sturt did not, officials said.