Body found in San Francisco Bay thought to be missing Dodgers fan 

click to enlarge San Francisco police spokesman Officer Carlos Manfredi said a passerby spotted the body in the water near the foot of Howard Street shortly before 8 a.m. today. - REUTERS FILE PHOTO
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  • San Francisco police spokesman Officer Carlos Manfredi said a passerby spotted the body in the water near the foot of Howard Street shortly before 8 a.m. today.

A man's body was found in the water along San Francisco's Embarcadero this morning, but authorities say it is too early to tell whether the body is that of Los Angeles Dodgers fan Victor Murillo, who went missing after a baseball game last week.

However, a friend of Murillo's said his family has been told that the clothes found on the body match the items worn by their loved one when he disappeared.

"The clothing that the body had on was identical to what we had been looking for," Murillo's friend and co-worker Anthony Ornelas said.

Murillo, 27, was said to have been wearing blue jeans, a blue jacket, a white T-shirt and a Dodgers cap when he disappeared. Ornelas said the person found in the Bay today was wearing similar items but not the hat.

Ornelas said he is with Murillo's cousin and that the family is awaiting word on the identification from the medical examiner's office.

"They're doing fingerprints right now as we speak," he said around 1:45 p.m.

San Francisco police spokesman Officer Carlos Manfredi said a passerby spotted the body in the water near the foot of Howard Street shortly before 8 a.m. today.

He said the passerby flagged down a nearby San Francisco Fire Department boat, and firefighters responded and retrieved the body from the Bay.

The medical examiner's office was called to the scene and has taken custody of the body, Manfredi said.

He said it is not yet clear whether the body is that of Murillo, who went missing near Pier 32 the night of June 25 after watching the San Francisco Giants play the Dodgers.

Murillo and his friend had just come from AT&T Park and were at the pier when his friend looked away momentarily. When the friend looked back, Murillo was no longer on the pier, U.S. Coast Guard officials said.

The Coast Guard and San Francisco firefighters scoured the Bay for signs of Murillo but were unable to find him.

Last Friday, dozens of Murillo's friends and family members carried out their own search, distributing flyers and recruiting volunteers with boats to search the water.

Murillo, a Woodland resident who works as a corrections officer in Vacaville, moved to Northern California several years ago, friends said.

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