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Body Found Identified As Missing North Hollywood Woman

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San Luis Obispo authorities have positively identified the body of woman recovered from the scene of a car crash off Highway 1 as 20-year-old North Hollywood resident Olivia Hannah Gonzalez. Gonzalez and her boyfriend, Brian Fernandez, 21, were reported missing last Friday, December 30, after they failed to return from a weekend trip to Big Sur. The couple was last seen a week before, on Friday, December 23, when they left for their trip. They had told family that they would return to Los Angeles on Christmas Day. The couple was last heard from around 1 p.m. on the 23rd, when Gonzalez sent her brother-in-law a text saying that she and her boyfriend were about two hours away from Big Sur.

Gonzalez's body, along with that of a deceased dog, was discovered off the side of a cliff near the wreckage of a tan car by California Highway Patrol authorities on Tuesday. CHP officials responded to the Ragged Point area of Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a call from State Parks authorities, according to KTLA. The car was found found 325 feet over the side of the highway in a rugged area about 10 miles north of Hearst Castle.

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office said that the female body had been identified as Gonzalez, and that her family had been notified by the LAPD. An autopsy was also performed, and the cause of death is pending further investigation. Gonzalez's family has set up a GoFundMe campaign to assist with expenses.

Tony Cipolla of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department told City News Service that Gonzalez's body was recovered by rescue crews on Tuesday night after being found about 15 feet from the car. Cipolla told City News Service that Fernandez's body could have been ejected into the ocean, and that sheriff's dive teams are searching the water while additional search-and-rescue teams search the rocky terrain around the crash site. "Additionally, we're getting deluged with rain and that really hampers the search effort,'' Cipolla said.

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This post was updated with new information about the search for Fenandez, and the GoFundMe campaign set up by Gonzalez's family.