Woman’s body found in Big Sur near where car went off cliff, sheriff’s office says

The body of a Capitola woman was found in the waters of Big Sur on Wednesday, close to where her car went off a cliff on Saturday, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office and KSBW.

A deputy flying a drone saw the woman’s body in the water around noon, according to Capt. John Thornburg of the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.

The body was found about 300 yards north of the car crash, according to KION.

The woman has been identified as 37-year-old Kristen Kendall, Thornburg said Thursday afternoon.

On Saturday, a car registered to Kendall went about 200 feet down a cliff near the Esalen Institute, KSBW reported. No occupants were found at the time, setting off a days-long search.

Additional information was not immediately available.

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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.