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Police investigate personal life of missing swimmer

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Investigators are now looking into the background of a swimmer who went missing off La Jolla Shores.

Fifty-four-year-old Jim Repetto of Massachusetts was reported missing Saturday night, when he didn't return from a swim.

Lifeguards searched the waters for more than 14 hours. They don't think Repetto could have survived the cold water and rough storm conditions.

Officials say there are a few strange twists in the story, such as Repetto's family reportedly didn't know he was in San Diego.

"There are extenuating circumstances that I'm not able to speak on, but something with the history are being pursued and law enforcement," said Lifeguard Sgt. Rich Stropky

Police are not commenting on the case. Documents show Repetto entered a guilty plea to defrauding a Massachusetts company of more than $1 million. He was supposed to be sentenced in January, but sentencing was postponed after a car fire left him with severe burns.

THIS IS A STORY UPDATE. Read CBS 8's earlier story below.

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The Coast Guard has called off the search for 54-year-old Jim Repetto.

The Massachusetts man was reported missing by a friend around six last night after he failed to return from a two-mile swim.

In this News 8 video story, Adrienne Moore reports from La Jolla Shores with why investigators say some pieces of the story are creating more questions than answers.

THIS IS A STORY UPDATE. Read the AP's earlier story below.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Coast Guard is searching for a swimmer who went missing off the San Diego County Coast.

Petty Officer Henry Dunphy said Sunday the 53-year-old Massachusetts man was last seen Saturday evening when went for a swim from Scripps Pier to the La Jolla shores lifeguard tower.

The Coast Guard has launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and a 33-foot response boat to search the area for the missing man.

Dunphy says Coast Guard Cutter Haddock, an 87-foot patrol boat, was also diverted to assist with the search.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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