A body that washed ashore in San Pedro last week has been identified by the Los Angeles Coroner as a young woman who went missing last weekend. The body is that of 26-year-old Haley Downen, whose cause of death has not yet been determined.
Downen was last seen around 5:15 p.m. on June 23 in San Pedro between Royal Palms Beach and Trump National Golf Course on the shoreline trail. Haley told her mother, Vicki Downen, that she was going to visit a friend in San Pedro that Saturday. That friend came to Downen's home asking for her family's help in finding Haley.
During an initial search on the trail, authorities found Haley's identification card, clothes, shoes, towels, and other personal effects. An LAPD dive team was dispatched to search coastal waters but could not locate Haley or any evidence. Downen's friends and family members organized their own search following official efforts by law enforcement but had no success.
Before her disappearance, Downen lived with her grandmother, Pat Ginther, in Rossmoor. Downen's mother lives in Cathedral City and her father died when she was a baby. Downen had recently returned to California after living in Colorado and was looking for work. According to Ginther, she had recently been offered a position.
Haley's body was found at 7:43 a.m. on June 28 in the 1800 block of Paseo del Mar. According to Haley's aunt, Sue Clark, Haley had been with a friend near the shoreline the day she went missing but it is unclear what they were doing. At this time, it is uncertain whether any foul play is suspected. An autopsy is pending to determine Downen's cause of death.
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