LAGUNA BEACH ( — A body discovered about a half mile south of Thousand Steps Beach was positively identified Thursday as a missing teen from Las Vegas.

Anthony Parnell, 18, was last seen in the water off Thousand Steps Beach on Feb. 8 when he was swept away in treacherous water conditions.

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Just before 4 p.m. Wednesday, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol deputies recovered his body near the rocks of Shell Beach in the area of Monarch/Three Arch Bay.

Shortly before his disappearance, Parnell had signed up to join the U.S. Army.

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An autopsy was scheduled for Saturday to determine an official manner and cause of death.


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