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Update: Second person still not found after Highway 1 crash 

Update posted Jan. 12

–The Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office and the CHP is continuing to investigate the missing persons / death investigation involving the crash of a vehicle off of Highway 1 south of Ragged Point.

On Tuesday, members of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team as well as a Monterey County Search and Rescue K9 and crew members will be searching the location where the incident took place, in an effort to locate missing person Brian Fernandez.

Additionally, Sheriff’s Office Detectives and CHP investigators will be on scene to continue their investigation into the crash of the vehicle.


Update posted Jan. 9

–The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office has concluded operations for the evening at Highway 1 south of Ragged Point. Members of the Sheriff’s Underwater Search and Recovery Dive Team worked with a California Highway Patrol helicopter for many hours today searching the surrounding coastline and ocean for Missing Person Brian Fernandez. Fernandez was not located.

Because of an extreme weather event expected to begin late tonight and continue through the weekend, the search for Fernandez will be suspended until early next week when weather conditions allow the search to continue.

As soon as conditions permit, members of the Sheriff’s Underwater Search and Recovery Dive Team will return to the area for additional searching.

Update posted Jan. 6

Missing person Brian Fernandez still not located

–The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office suspended operations last night at Highway 1 south of Ragged Point. They have once again taken up efforts as of Friday morning. The vehicle involved in this incident has been removed from the scene and has been taken to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office where further examination of the vehicle by Sheriff and California Highway Patrol investigators will be conducted.

Missing Person Brian Fernandez has not yet been located. The body of the couple’s second dog was located. Members of the Sheriff’s Underwater Search and Recovery Team, assisted by a California Highway Patrol helicopter, will continue working in the area surrounding the scene on 1-6-17.

motorhome off cliff

The wreck was found in the tidal zone near Ragged Point.


Update posted Jan. 4, 1 p.m.

–The body found near a car wreck off the side of Highway 1 near Big Sur has been identified as 20-year-old Los Angeles woman Olivia Hannah Gonzalez.

Gonzalez and her boyfriend, Brian Fernandez, 21, were last seen Dec. 23 when they left for a holiday road trip to Big Sur with their two dogs, and were expected to return on Christmas Day.

Authorities had planned to search the site for additional bodies on Wednesday, but rain and the “treacherous terrain” were slowing efforts, according to LA Times.



Original story posted Jan. 4, 8:45 a.m. 

Car wreck, deceased person, dog found over side of Highway 1

Car found 325 feet down from highway

–CHP, Cal-Fire, and California State Parks responded to the scene of a traffic collision on Highway 1 near Ragged Point yesterday. Crews found a tan colored sedan in the tidal zone, 325 feet down from the highway, with the body of a deceased person and a deceased dog approximately 15 feet from the vehicle.

The coroner’s office responded and rescue crews worked overnight to recover the car and the bodies from the rocky surf in poor weather conditions. At this point only one body and one dog was found. Further details regarding identities are pending.

Two Los Angeles citizens, Olivia Hannah Gonzalez, 20, and Brian Fernandez, 21, were on a holiday road trip to Big Sur in a tan sedan. The Los Angeles Police Department said both were reported missing after they did not return on Christmas Day as scheduled and have not been heard from, according to the LA Times. It is unknown as to whether the two cases are related at this time.

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