An extensive search 80 miles off the San Diego coast Thursday failed to turn up a missing crewman from the aircraft carrier Ranger.
The sailor, believed to be in his late teens or early 20s, was last seen at 4 a.m. His name is being withheld pending notification of relatives, who live outside the San Diego area.
Based on remarks the sailor reportedly made to shipmates before his disappearance, officers said they believe he may have jumped off the ship in an attempt to commit suicide.
The carrier was searched when the sailor failed to report for duty at his supply department work station at 8:20 a.m., said Cmdr. Tom Jurkowsky, a spokesman for the Navy. Once everyone on the carrier was accounted for except the missing man, aircraft and ships searched the Ranger's wake off San Clemente Island.