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Missing California Woman Found Dead Near U.S. Marine Base

Pictures of Sara Celeste Otero and her charcoal gray Subaru Outback with license plate 7GAB955.

Pictures of Sara Celeste Otero and her charcoal gray Subaru Outback.

A missing California woman tragically turned up dead at the bottom of a cliff near a U.S. Marine base.

The Oceanside Police Department found Sara Celeste Otero, 28, late Tuesday, according to KUSI reporter Hunter Sowards.

Officials are reportedly saying they do not suspect foul play. Cause of death is pending. Family previously said Otero was depressed.

Detectives with the Oceanside Police Department found her car Tuesday evening, and followed her trail to a remote, restricted area near Camp Pendleton, police spokesperson Jennifer Atenza told Fox News. It was there that authorities found Otero’s remains.

“Oceanside detectives were scouring areas like that knowing that’s kind of what she is known to frequent,” Atenza said.

Authorities previously described Otero as an avid visitor of state parks, and they said she has been known to camp in her car. Stepsister Chelsea confirmed to the outlet that police found Otero’s body.

“We were able to identify it based on her tattoos,” she said.

Otero sported three designs: a flower on her arm, the sentence “It’s in our nature” on her right bicep, and Winnie the Pooh on her ankle.

Otero was last seen on Jan. 28. Her family was in the dark about her possible whereabouts. She had left her mother’s house and told her stepfather she was going to the gym, Chelesa previously told Fox News. Otero was supposedly going to meet a friend there for a workout, but that friend told the relatives that she had no idea about this.

Stepbrother Ryan Bear had said he thought Otero was going to be at a beach, but she then did not show up to work that evening, which he described as out of character.

“She had never missed a day of work,” he said.

Family said Otero’s phone had been off since 10 a.m. that morning.

The disappearance also distressed her boyfriend, who she only met through Zoom amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Chelsea during the missing persons case.

“She’s grappling with a lot, she shared that she was feeling depressed…it’s affected their relationship,” she said.

[Images via Oceanside Police Department]

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