Jessy Cook. Photo from Instagram
Jessy Cook. Photo from Instagram

A body that washed ashore in Huntington Beach on Thursday was identified Friday as 18-year-old Jessy Cook of Temecula, according to the Orange County Coroner’s Office.

Cook’s body was found near Tower 7 at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Huntington Beach Police Officer Angela Bennett said.

The death remained a mystery as it was unclear whether Cook fell or jumped into the water, Bennett said.

Police were continuing to investigate what happened to her, she added.

A multi-agency search for Cook — initiated by the U.S. Coast Guard — began about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday after some of her belongings were found on the Huntington Beach Pier.

The search, using boats and at least one helicopter, included Huntington Beach lifeguards and personnel from the Huntington Beach Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

“The Coast Guard and partner agencies searched for approximately 11 hours, covering nearly 137 square nautical miles,” according to a Coast Guard statement.

The search was suspended about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, after which divers went into the water on what was described as a recovery operation. Those divers were recalled after their search turned up no sign of the young woman.

–City News Service

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