On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at approximately 07:30 A.M., an adult male matching the description of a reported missing swimmer from the south end of Stinson Beach, was discovered in the surf line, unresponsive and lifeless by lifeguards on Patrol at the north end of Stinson Beach. On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at approximately 6:40 P.M., the subject had been reported missing and lost at sea, while swimming with companions. The subject was last seen approximately 60-yards offshore struggling in the surf.
An extensive search was completed for the subject conducted by Park Lifeguards, US Park Rangers, Marin County Fire Department, US Coast Guard (USCG), Marin County Sheriff’s Office and the Stinson Beach Volunteer Fire Department, which included watercraft and rescue swimmers. Helicopters from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, and USCG searched the area by air until dark. Upon being discovered this morning, the subject was pulled to shore and his death pronounced.
The decedent has been positively identified as:
Tony Carnill FOSTER, JR., a 34-year-old male from Marin City, CA.
A forensic post mortem examination and toxicology testing have been scheduled for Friday, June 14, 2019. The cause and manner of death will be pending the conclusion of the investigation being completed by the National Park Service and 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 and ongoing investigation. Any further questions regarding the incident should be directed to the National Park Service.
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office and personnel of the Coroner Division offer our best wishes and condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Foster Jr.
Roger G. Fielding
Chief Deputy Coroner