On Tuesday, 07/18/2017, at approximately 3:15 PM, the owner
of the Tomales Bay Oyster Company, who had been last seen on the Tomales Bay
waters in a skiff style boat, was reported missing after his boat was located
under its own power, travelling in circles unoccupied. It was presumed the subject fell overboard
from the vessel into the bay waters. An
extensive search was conducted to locate the subject by multiple Public Safety
Agencies and community citizens to no avail.
On Saturday, 07/22/2017, at approximately 1:59 PM, a body was discovered
floating in the Tomales Bay. The body
was recovered and taken ashore and transported to the Coroner Division pending
additional investigation by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner Division.
The decedent has been identified by the Coroner Division as:
Charles Arthur Friend
III, a 70-year old male resident of Oakland, CA.
A post mortem examination and toxicology testing have been
scheduled. The cause and manner of death
will be pending toxicology results and the conclusion of the investigation by
the Marin County Sheriff’s Office – Coroner Division. No further information will be released by the
Coroner Division at this time, as this is an active investigation. Any further questions regarding the incident
should be directed to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office and personnel of the
Coroner Division offers our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Friend