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Search ends near Ragged Point for missing North Hollywood man

Members of the Monterey County Search and Rescue team prepare to attach a second length of cable to help pull up a portion of a car found at the bottom of a cliff off Highway 1 near Ragged Point on Jan. 5, 2017.
Members of the Monterey County Search and Rescue team prepare to attach a second length of cable to help pull up a portion of a car found at the bottom of a cliff off Highway 1 near Ragged Point on Jan. 5, 2017. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Authorities have stopped searching for the North Hollywood man who went missing more than a month ago after his car went over a cliff off Highway 1.

The last search for Brian Fernandez, 21, was conducted Jan. 17, before the most recent series of storms came through the area, according to San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla. He added that if authorities find any new evidence, such as clothes that wash ashore, they will continue searching.

Fernandez and his girlfriend, Olivia Hannah Gonzalez, 20, were last seen 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 tan sedan at the bottom of a steep coastal cliff near Ragged Point, hundreds of feet below Highway 1. The body of a second dog was found later.

The sedan was confirmed to belong to Fernandez. The search for Fernandez had been suspended before because of rainy weather conditions.

Cipolla said the department does not suspect foul play.

The results of an autopsy performed on Gonzalez earlier in January are still pending.

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.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

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