Bradley Carnegie, a Morro Bay man, was found dead Thursday morning, his body floating in shallow water near the harbor’s sand spit.
An autopsy Thursday afternoon confirmed that the 53-year-old had drowned. Carnegie, an employee of Maritime Logistics, a tugboat service, had been reported missing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Carnegie was last seen at a restaurant on the north end of the Embarcadero, according to a news release from the Morro Bay Police Department.
A family member said Carnegie was temporarily staying on a vessel tied to the South T Pier, and that it was unusual for him not to check in with anyone.
According to Eric Enders-by, harbor operations manager, the Harbor Patrol and police searched the bay and shore after dark Wednesday and didn’t find Carnegie. They also checked with family and friends and alerted the Sheriff’s Department Dive Team as well as state park rangers.
The following morning, the Harbor Patrol resumed the search and called in a CHP plane, which almost immediately found the body at 9:23 a.m., Endersby said. The dive team recovered the body about 10:30 a.m.
Commercial fisherman Jeremiah O’Brien and Endersby said Carnegie was a quiet man who kept to himself while in port. Endersby said the tug service Carnegie worked for operated around San Diego and Port Hueneme naval base.
In a separate case, an autopsy of the woman who was found dead Tuesday on the beach north of Morro Rock’s parking lot showed that she died as the result of suicide suffocation.
The name of the victim, also a Morro Bay resident, is being withheld pending the notification of next of kin. There was no identification with the body.
Police said an off-duty Harbor Patrol employee found the body about 6:30 a.m. while walking in the area.
Tribune Web producer Larissa Doust contributed to this report.