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Divers Searching For Missing Woman Recover A Body In Surf

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Divers searching for a snorkeler who went missing off the coast Rancho Palos Verdes a week ago recovered a body from the waves this morning.

The body was discovered around 11:30 am below the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, a sheriff's lieutenant told City News Service. That's near where Rebecca Weiss, 50, used to enjoy free-diving in the shallow, choppy waters.

Authorities have not been able to identify the body, however, KNX radio reported that Weiss' mother and sister were seen sobbing as they left the body recovery.

Weiss was reported missing by her husband, after she went free diving a week ago and never returned home. Homicide detectives were called in to investigate the case, and they questioned her husband Alan Weiss, but they didn't reveal any details indicating that they suspected foul play.

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Both Rebecca and Alan Weiss were experienced divers. Experts say free divers sometimes wear weights at the time to counteract their natural buoyancy, but free-diving (particularly alone) can be dangerous because they will hold their breath and push themselves to the limit.UPDATE 3:30 pm: NBC Los Angeles reports that the body discovered was wearing diving gear, although it has still not been ID'd. There is a press conference scheduled for later this afternoon.

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