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Body of missing 18-year-old Lompoc man reportedly found in Lake Isabella

A body believed to be 18-year-old Paige Arellanes of Lompoc was discovered by Kern County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue dive team Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in Lake Isabella.
A body believed to be 18-year-old Paige Arellanes of Lompoc was discovered by Kern County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue dive team Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in Lake Isabella.

A body believed to be a missing 18-year-old Lompoc man was found in Lake Isabella on Wednesday.

About 9 a.m., Kern County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue dive team found the body of a man near Red’s Marina.

“The Coroner’s Office will release the name of the decedent once a positive identification has been made and next of kin have been notified. An autopsy will be scheduled to determine cause and manner of death,” Kern County officials said.

The body reportedly is Paige Arellanes, who disappeared under the water near Red’s Marina on Saturday afternoon after his floatation device broke free from the rocks it had been tied to onshore.

Family members had traveled to Lake Isabella to help search for the missing teen Tuesday and Wednesday.

“We weren’t going to leave that lake without him,” his sister-in-law, Jeanette Gaitan, said Wednesday afternoon.

Arellanes, who turned 18 on July 4, was an avid skateboarder and bicyclist. He was visiting family in Kern County and was due to return soon to Lompoc.

While details are unknown, Gaitan said the family plans to hold fundraisers to help pay for the burial costs.

Lake Isabella is about 40 miles northeast of Bakersfield.

As heavy snow pack melts in the nearby mountains, rivers are seeing strong currents that are making summer fun treacherous in Kern County, which has seen a number of other drownings and near drownings since Memorial Day. The Kern River feeds into Lake Isabella.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at jscully@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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