SAN DIEGO -- The apparent shark bites found on the body of a surfer came from an attack after the 42-year-old man had drowned, the San Diego County medical examiner ruled late Friday.
Brandon Beaver died while on a surfing outing off Pacific Beach. His body was discovered floating offshore early Thursday.
Medical examiner investigators who responded to a call from San Diego lifeguards had reached a tentative conclusion that the bites came in a "post-mortem" attack. But a final ruling was delayed until a more detailed examination could take take place Friday.
A woman had reported to authorities at 7:35 p.m. Wednesday that her fiance was missing after a surfing outing. Lifeguards and the U.S. Coast Guard searched for several hours with boats and helicopters.
The body initially was spotted by a beachgoer about 3:30 a.m. Thursday. The body was naked and the man's wetsuit had been wrapped around the surfboard. The wetsuit and surfboard were recovered.