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Body of missing Oceanside woman found after days long search

Sara Celeste Otero was found near the southbound Interstate 5 rest stop parking lot at the base of some cliffs.
Credit: Oceanside Police Department

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Oceanside police say they have found the body of missing Oceanside woman, Sara Otero.

Police say they found Otero’s car at the southbound Interstate 5 rest stop parking lot which lead them to search the area. They say they found Otero’s body at the base of the cliffs. Adding that it appears she had entered a restricted training area of Camp Pendleton.

Police say they do not suspect anything suspicious


Authorities, family and friends are asking for the public's help in finding a woman who went missing and may be at risk in Oceanside. She was last seen Jan. 28, according to a friend who contacted CBS 8. 

Sara Celeste Otero, 28, is described by the Oceanside Police Department as a white woman, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 130 pounds. In a photo provided by police she is wearing glasses and has brown hair with blonde highlights. According to police, she was last seen around 8:40 a.m. driving a charcoal gray Subaru Outback with license plate 7GAB955 in the 1800 block of Aldernay Court.

Friends describe Otero as a beloved sister, daughter and longtime Oceanside resident who works at the Mission Avenue Bar & Grill. The restaurant posted about Otero's disappearance on social media.

"She loves and is energized by groups of people and she’ll go out of her way to strike up a conversation with anyone," Otero's step-brother Ryan Bear told CBS 8. 

Bear said over the past 22 years nothing can make them closer. He said Otero was involved in many communities outside of her main day job as a massage therapist.

"She was active in fire spinning community. And quite a few local scenes up in Oceanside and Ocean Beach as well," Bear said. "Right now we just have no idea about anything. There’s no leads and so someone knows something, someone saw something and we’re just hoping doing these outreaches has some effect or at least brings some answers at this point.

Otero was last seen wearing a green military-style jacket and bronze leggings.

"I've called it basically every hour basically that I've been up. Since it was confirmed that she was missing," Bear said. 

CBS 8 has been told Otero was an avid traveler and was often at state parks, beaches and is known to camp out in her car. Her car also hasn’t been flagged on any cameras according to Bear. 

Her brother said he's putting her story out hoping someone somewhere has any type of tips or leads. 

"You’re loved. You’re cared about and we want you to come home," he said. "We hope that there is still hope out there to be had. And we’re holding onto that.”

Anyone with information on Otero's location was asked to call the OPD at 760-435-4900.

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