Missing Las Vegas man's body found near Laguna Beach, authorities say

File: Big waves hit the Huntington Beach Pier.
File: Big waves hit the Huntington Beach Pier.
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Authorities say they have identified a body found near Laguna Beach as 18-year-old Anthony Parnell, who disappeared in heavy surf last week.

"Earlier this morning the coroner division was able to confirm the identity. It was in fact Anthony Parnell, the 18-year-old who had gone missing near 1000 Steps [Beach] early last week," Orange County Sheriff's Lieutenant Jeff Hallock told KPCC.

A week ago Parnell, who was from Las Vegas, was standing on ricks with his friends on a beach near Laguna Beach when he lost his balance due to high surf and was knocked off a rock, Hallock said. Parnell fell in between a crack in the rocks and was suspected of drowning.  

His body was found in a rocky area of Shell Beach in Three Arch Bay, a half-mile from where Parnell was last seen.

Hallock said there is an autopsy scheduled for Friday.