Missing Man Found Dead on Santa Cruz Island
Date: December 18, 2012

CHANNEL ISLANDS, Calif. — A 23-year-old man, Christopher Anthony Mondiek from Dublin, Ohio, was found dead Dec. 18 on the beach at Yellowbanks Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island within Channel Islands National Park, according to the National Park Service.

Search and rescue crews made the discovery shortly after 8 a.m. Investigators believe his death was caused by a fall from one of the cliffs, Park Service officials said.

On Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 the National Park Service was notified by park concessioner Island Packers, that Mondiek had not returned from an overnight trip to Santa Cruz Island. Park staff began searching on Sunday, but was not able to locate Mondiek.

On Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, the National Park Service requested assistance with the search from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. A helicopter was sent to the island, but was soon turned back due to stormy conditions.

Search and rescue crews responded back to the island Tuesday morning ultimately making the discovery of Mondiek’s body on the beach below a steep cliff.

Mondiek’s body was brought back via boat to the Ventura Harbor. The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office will handle the investigation as Coroner detectives determine the exact circumstances of the death. Park Service official said the initial information suggests the death may have been accidental.