Woman’s body found near Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur identified

The body of a woman found near Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur on Tuesday has been identified as 61-year-old Heather East of Monterey, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.

East died by drowning, and authorities do not suspect foul play, the Sheriff’s Office said. She had been reported missing on Monday.

The Sheriff’s Office said they responded to the “difficult to reach” location, somewhere near the Sycamore Canyon Road/Pfeiffer Beach area, after they received a call from someone who had discovered East’s body near the shore.

Conditions as crews recovered the body were described as “very, very difficult, very windy, cold,” according to Kathy Palazzolo, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.

East’s car was found in the beach parking lot, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Pfeiffer Beach is just off Highway 1, about 74 miles north of Cambria.

Additional information was not immediately available.

Tribune reporter Kathe Tanner contributed to this story.

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Gabby Ferreira is a breaking news and general assignment reporter at The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. A native of Houston, Texas, she was a reporter in Tucson, Arizona; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Palm Springs, California, before moving to San Luis Obispo County in 2016.