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Search for missing North Hollywood man continues near Ragged Point

The scene where North Hollywood couple's car went off Hwy. 1 cliff near Ragged Point

The San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office confirmed that the woman's body found near the tan sedan that went over the side of Highway 1 near Ragged Point was that of Olivia Hannah Gonzalez, 20, of North Hollywood. The sedan was found Tuesday afternoon.
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The San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office confirmed that the woman's body found near the tan sedan that went over the side of Highway 1 near Ragged Point was that of Olivia Hannah Gonzalez, 20, of North Hollywood. The sedan was found Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities continued to search for a missing North Hollywood man Wednesday, after rainy weather forced the effort near Ragged Point to halt last Friday.

Brian Fernandez, 21, was last seen with his girlfriend, Olivia Hannah Gonzalez, 20, on Dec. 23 while on a Christmas week trip to Big Sur. On Jan. 4, officials found Gonzalez’s body and the body of a dog near a wrecked car at the bottom of a steep coastal cliff near Ragged Point. A second dog’s body was found a few days later.

The mangled tan sedan was later confirmed to be Fernandez’s car.

Authorities have found no sign of Fernandez. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla said the agency does not suspect foul play.

On Jan. 6, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office said it needed to suspend the search for Fernandez because of bad weather. Cipolla said the crews would look for him until Wednesday night and continue the search Thursday, weather permitting.

The search started at 2 p.m. Wednesday and involves search and rescue crews from the Sheriff’s Office and the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, as well as a Monterey sheriff’s K-9 unit and the California Highway Patrol.

The car was pulled from the bottom of the cliff last Thursday and was taken to a facility to be investigated, CHP public information officer Patrick Seebart said. The results of an autopsy performed last week on Gonzalez are pending.

Here are scenes from Thursday's efforts to recover a car, belonging to a missing North Hollywood couple, that went over a cliff along Highway 1 near Ragged Point. The wrecked car was wedged between rocks on the coastline. As of Thursday, January 5

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF


 
 
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