UPDATE | 3:43 p.m.
Authorities have officially identified the body that washed ashore Tuesday morning at the Oceano Dunes Vehicular Recreation Area as that of Ven Hsaio, 60, of Santa Maria.
Coroner’s investigators ruled that Hsiao died of natural causes after an autopsy today confirmed the cause of death as a cardiac arrhythmia and drowning. No signs of foul play were present, said Rob Bryn, public information officer for the county Sheriff’s Department.
Hsaio, also known as “Tony,” owned the Combo Express restaurant at Santa Maria Town Center.
Hsaio’s body was found just before 7 a.m. Tuesday at the Oceano Dunes.
Authorities believe his body was the same one spotted by fisherman Saturday morning at Guadalupe Beach.
— Sarah Linn
UPDATE | Tuesday 1:37 p.m.
The family of the man who washed up on shore at the Oceano Dunes State Park this morning says it was Ven Hsao Hsiao, also known as “Tony,” who they reported missing Friday after he had gone fishing in Guadalupe but had not returned.
Hsiao owned the Combo Express restaurant at the Santa Maria Town Center. His cousin, Gia Tieu, said Hsiao’s wife called him earlier today to tell him the news.
A man's body was found at the Oceano Dunes on Tuesday just before 7 a.m., according to sheriff's officials.
Authorities believe the body is the same one reportedly spotted Saturday at Guadalupe Beach. The search for that body was called off Saturday evening.
The body has been tentatively identified; an autopsy is expected to confirm the identity Wednesday.