Southern California man reported missing found dead

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner
A 32-year-old Ventura County man who had been reported missing earlier this week has died, authorities announced Sunday.  

Niko Nakamura was last seen on Feb. 8 in the Midtown area of Ventura, according to the Ventura Police Department.  

The 32-year-old, who was described as 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing around 185 pounds, had last been seen wearing a black hoodie, sweatpants and checkered Vans shoes.  

At 7 a.m. on Sunday, crews with the Ventura Fire Department were dispatched to a report of a person not breathing.  

Niko Nakamura, 32, a resident of Ventura seen in this undated photo. (Ventura PD)

“Firefighters arrived within 6 minutes of dispatch and quickly realized this was an ocean rescue with a confirmed victim under water and ordered a regional ocean rescue response,” police said.  

In a multiagency operation, nine rescue swimmers performed a grid search where the victim was thought to be.  

The victim, later identified as Nakamura, was found just an hour after the search was launched.

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Paramedics began advance life support measures and rushed the 32-year-old to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.  

The circumstances leading up to Nakamura’s disappearance and how he ended up in the ocean are unknown. Officials did not provide any additional details.  

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.