Body of missing student found in Mexico

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MEXICO – The body of a San Diego college student who disappeared on a camping and surfing trip to Mexico has been recoverd by his family offshore from Rosarito Beach, according to a family friend.

Scott Fippinger, a junior at California State University in San Marcos, was camping along a cliff with two friends last week , according to UT San Diego.  When his friends woke Wednesday morning, he was not in his sleeping bag.

Fippinger’s family believes he may have gotten up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and fallen from the cliff.

Fippinger’s father, a retired Marine Corps pilot, had been leading search efforts for his son from an aircraft. He was making a last pass before calling off the search when he spotted Scott’s body in the ocean, according to a family friend.  A  boatrecovered the body and bring it back to shore.

Scott Fippinger was majoring in anthropology with a minor in Spanish, his father told UT San Diego.

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