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Officials confirm ID of diver found off La Jolla coast

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Authorities confirmed Monday that a body found in the sea off the La Jolla coast over the weekend was that of an Oceanside man who disappeared during a Memorial Day scuba-diving outing.

A recreational diver found the body of 45-year-old Jeffrey May, who was clad in scuba gear, about 7:15 a.m. Sunday, according to the county Medical Examiner's Office.

The longtime scuba-diving enthusiast went to La Jolla Shores on the morning of May 28, telling his wife he planned to meet up with a diving group. She reported him missing about 12 hours later.

May had rented a scuba tank and some diving weights at a nearby dive shop, but authorities could find no one who saw him entering the water. The dive-group members also reported no contact with him.

May's truck was found in a parking lot in the area, and a plastic tub holding his car keys, sunglasses and clothing was located in a grassy area alongside the beach.

Lifeguards searched in vain for May over the next three days, with help from city and Coast Guard helicopter crews, as well as a private company that provided remote-controlled submersible vessels equipped with video cameras.

The body was found roughly 175 feet below the surface, a depth below where rescue divers can safely go, San Diego lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum said.

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