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Body found off of Fletcher Cove isn’t missing boater

Solana Beach — The body of Jeffery Coughlin, 47, was found in the water a quarter mile south of Fletcher Cove. 

Lifeguards and emergency medical personnel responded to a 911 call at 7:45 a.m. on Sept. 19. The San Diego County Medical Examiner report stated the body was found by swimmers 100 yards off shore.

“Several people were around the body floating in the water and we brought it in,” Solana Beach lifeguard captain Craig Miller said.

Once the body was brought in to shore, Coughlin’s death was confirmed. Next of kin have been notified.

The condition of the body was not disclosed in the medical examiner’s report and cause of death is still pending.

In a phone interview Miller seemed distraught and would not share further information on the condition of the body.

“I gave a statement to the press,” Miller said. “It’s nothing I haven’t already heard on the news.”

The U-T reported Coughlin was found nude except for a gold chain and cross. His body showed no signs of trauma, but appeared to have been in the water for a while.

It was determined the body was not that of missing Oceanside boater Loren Ruden, 52.

The search for Ruden began after his dog swam ashore and was found on Sept. 10. His boat was found the same day 10 miles northwest of La Jolla with the engine still running. The boat showed no signs of foul play. The FBI is investigating his disappearance.


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