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Body Of Missing College Student Discovered In Waters Of Mexico

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The body of a 20-year-old San Diegan surfer who had been missing for nearly ten days while on a camping trip in Mexico was found on Thursday.Scott Robert Fippinger's family told NBC Los Angeles that they found his body around 3:30 p.m. in the waters of Mexico. Fippinger's father is a retired Marine and spotted his son's body while he was flying a private plane searching for him. They believe Fippinger most likely fell off a nearby cliff to his death, but they can't say for sure what killed him yet.

The California State University San Marcos student went missing on Jan. 14 while he was on a camping and surfing trip with three friends in Rosarito, Mexico, reported U-T San Diego. His friends said they were last with him at 3:30 a.m. when he left his tent; they believed he stepped out to use the restroom. Fippinger never returned to their campsite that was located near a steep cliff that went down 40 feet.

His cellphone was found by the edge of the cliff, and his father believes since it was a windy night when he disappeared, he must have been blown over.

"We are assuming that he went over the cliff, into the ocean and got swept out by the tide," his father, Eric Fippinger, told U-T San Diego.

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Mexican officials and volunteers had been searching for his body all week-long using divers, boats and helicopters.

Fippinger was a junior who majored in anthropology and minored in Spanish.