Body Found at Fletcher Cove Park

A group of Tri-Club swimmers spotted the man's body around 7:45 a.m, about 100 yards off shore

By Artie Ojeda and R. Stickney
|  Saturday, Sep 21, 2013  |  Updated 12:06 PM PDT
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NBC 7's Sherene Tagharobi reports on the latest in the investigation into a body found in Solana Beach Friday.

NBC 7's Sherene Tagharobi reports on the latest in the investigation into a body found in Solana Beach Friday.

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The body of a man discovered in Solana Beach Friday has now been identified by the county medical examiner.

According to the ME, the body is that of Jeffrey Coughlin, 47. 

On Friday, homicide investigators joined lifeguards looking into the identification of the body, which was found before 8 a.m. at Fletcher Cove Park on South Sierra Avenue.

A group of Tri-Club swimmers spotted Coughlin's body around 7:45 a.m, about 100 yards off shore, according to Solana Beach Lifeguard Cpt. Craig Miller.

Lifeguards confirmed to NBC 7 the body was not that of missing fisherman Loren Ruden.

Ruden was last seen before heading out on a fishing trip from Oceanside on Sept. 9.

The man whose body was found Friday was said to be in his 40's about 5'10", 165 pounds. He was wearing a thick gold chain with a gold cross and had a small tattoo on his left arm with an inscription that appeared to say 'Italia', according to Miller.

The body was nude, which is very unusual said Miller. He also says it does not appear to be an undocumented immigrant.

Detectives with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department were called in to investigate but NBC 7 was told the investigation was now in the hands of the medical examiner's office.

As of Saturday morning, only Coughlin's identity had been released. The ME report did not include a city of residence, but did note that Coughlin was divorced.

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