Alberto Corona Obituary, Death – A body was discovered on Sunday afternoon in the Santa Ynez River, which is located west of Lompoc. According to a spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, the body has been identified as that of a 14-year-old boy who had been missing since January 27. According to a statement made by Coroner’s Bureau spokeswoman Raquel Zick, the agency has determined that the body found in the bed of the Santa Ynez River shortly after noon belonged to Alberto Rafael Cabrera Corona. The kayakers who made the discovery were carrying out their investigation.
She stated that ANDE Rapid DNA, a fully automated process that extracts, amplifies, and separates DNA, creates a profile, and detects matches in as little as two hours, was used to make the identification. Officers from the Lompoc Police Department, along with units from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and Air Support Unit, County Fire Department, Lompoc Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, Vandenberg Space Force Base Water Rescue 45, and American Medical Response responded to the location after the kayakers reported the discovery, according to Sgt. Jorge Magana, who is with the Lompoc Police Department.
Sgt. Scott Morgan said that Alberto left his Lompoc residence around 8 o’clock that evening on January 26 and did not return. This prompted Alberto’s father to file a missing person’s report the following day. Magana stated that police later learned that he was with two known individuals during the early morning hours of January 28. Their vehicle became stuck in mud at the far west end of the city, and they abandoned it. Magana said that police later learned this information.
While the three were walking back to the city, they had a disagreement about which route to take. The other two went east and made it back to Lompoc, but Alberto went north and was apparently not seen again until his body was discovered. On Wednesday, members of the Lompoc Police Detective Bureau flew over the area where Alberto was last seen in a helicopter provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Air Support Unit. Unfortunately, they were unable to find him there.
After that, on Thursday, the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team conducted a comprehensive search of the area with the assistance of three search dogs and a helicopter. However, they were unable to locate him and did not find any indications of foul play, according to Magana.