Missing Boater Identified, Search Continues

The man's wife was contacted through the phone number on the dog's collar

By Lori Brown, R. Stickney and Christina London
|  Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013  |  Updated 1:21 PM PDT
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The U.S. Coast Guard has launched a search for an Oceanside man who didn’t return from a boating trip Monday. The man's dog was found on the shore, tipping officials off to the missing man. Sherene Tagharobi reports.

The U.S. Coast Guard has launched a search for an Oceanside man who didn’t return from a boating trip Monday. The man's dog was found on the shore, tipping officials off to the missing man. Sherene Tagharobi reports.

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The U.S. Coast Guard has launched a search for an Oceanside man who didn’t return from a boating trip Monday.

The Coast Guard has identified the man as 53-year-old Loren James Ruden(pictured below). He is described as 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds with light brown hair and blue eyes.

Rudens’s 21-foot fishing boat was found about ten miles northwest of the northern most point in La Jolla around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Officials said the boat, named the Lucky Dog, was engaged and turning in circles with the owner not on board.

The man's dog was found on an Oceanside beach near a jetty Monday afternoon by a someone in the area. He had been on the fishing trip with his owner officials said.

The man’s wife was contacted by the person who found the dog through a phone number on the dog’s collar. She in turn called police around 5:30 p.m.

A Jayhawk helicopter crew conducted shoreline searches from Oceanside to La Jolla Tuesday morning.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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