Body of missing Nevada football player Marc Ma recovered at Lake Tahoe 1 year later
Officials have positively identified through dental records that the body recovered Monday from Lake Tahoe was missing former Nevada football player Marc Ma, who disappeared while paddle boarding in 2016 in Lake Tahoe, according to the Placer County Sheriff's Office.
"Officials searching for the body of missing paddle boarder Marc Ma have just recovered a body in Lake Tahoe, tentatively believed to be the 20-year-old presumed drowned last summer," the sheriff's office said in a Facebook statement on Monday.
Ma, a football player at Nevada, went paddle boarding on June 10, 2016, with a group of athlete friends from school. Winds picked up on the lake shortly after the group entered the water. His friends were rescued by a boat crew from a nearby marina, but Ma was never seen again. He was not wearing a personal flotation device.
This past weekend, Ma's family hired private contractor "Bruce's Legacy," which is equipped with a specialized robotic camera system. The non-profit organization offered its service for free.
At 1:05 p.m. on Monday, the camera spotted a body in 240-feet of water. The body was recovered close to the West Shore Cafe in North Lake Tahoe where he was last seen. He was brought to shore with assistance from the Placer County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Coast Guard.