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Diver's body recovered identified as local Marine

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - An autopsy is scheduled Monday for a Camp Pendleton Marine who died over the weekend when she failed to surface during a dive off Mission Beach.

The body of 26-year-old Staci Jackson was found inside the Yukon, a sunken ship about a mile and a half off the coast.

Staci was diving with a group Saturday afternoon but never resurfaced.

Lifeguard officials say her death was accidental.

News 8 spoke with the diver who located her body. He says, she was entangled and that it did look "suspicious."

Meanwhile, Jackson's relatives are wondering, due to the rough weather conditions Saturday, why she was in the water in the first place.

Harold Jackson waited anxiously by the Quivira Basin on Sunday as lifeguards recovered the body of his 26-year-old niece, Staci.

Relatives say, Staci had five years of diving experience.

The Philadelphia native moved to San Diego two and a half years ago as a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton.

Saturday, Staci was among six divers, including an instructor and divemaster aboard the Humboldt, a vessel owned by Waterhorse Charters.

Lifeguards say, Staci was diving alongside her partner when she got into trouble.

Someone with the diving group, who did not want to go on camera, tells News 8 they were exploring the Yukon as part of a divemaster certification course.

According to him, the visibility underwater was very low at the time when Staci and the divemaster got separated from the rest of the group.

When the divemaster came up without her, they called lifeguards for help.

But it was he who actually located Staci.

The source says, her feet were bound with rope and that the circumstances were "weird."

When News 8 asked if her death is suspicious, lifeguards say while she was entangled, it was likely due to the currents and not a criminal or self-inflicted act.

Lifeguards say the case is still under investigation.

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