Body found after car plunges off Sonoma Coast cliff

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A body was found along the Sonoma Coast on Saturday afternoon, a day after a car was found 400 feet down a bluff, the CHP said.

Authorities had been combing the coastline since Friday afternoon, when an officer driving along Highway 1 near Jenner noticed a white car at the bottom of a bluff just north of Meyers Grade Road, CHP Sgt. David Derczo said. The car had gone down the cliff about 400 feet and was heavily damaged, authorities said.

“There was nobody in it when we got down there,” Derczo said, adding that firefighters assisted with the search, as well as Sonoma County sheriff’s helicopter, Henry 1.

Search efforts were hindered by heavy fog in the area, he added.

Sonoma County Sheriff’s Lt. Al Vernon said the body was found about 100 yards further down the bluff from where the car stopped.

Officials did not have information on the identity of the person or the type of car involved.

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