BELL, Edward G.

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Inglewood Park Cemetery, Los Angeles

BELL, Edward G. (1943-1968) [SS#572-48-9932] of Norwalk, California drowned near Albert’s Anchorage in 1968. He was 25 years old.

Bell was an employee of the Santa Cruz Island Hunt Club, and was working at the Albert’s dive camp at the time of the incident. Bell’s employer, William E. Huffman found coffee boiling on the stove at Bell’s campsite, with no sign of Bell. About 100 yards offshore, a broken half of one of the camp’s dive skiffs was found. Deputies speculated that he had attempted to launch the skiff in heavy seas and had drowned. His shoes and additional pieces of the boat washed ashore.

Fisherman Ralph Hazard took deputies to the island several days later and they located Bell’s body offshore entangled in kelp. He is buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery, Los Angeles. The cemetery lists his death date as April 21, 1968; Social Security lists it as May 4, 1968.

In the News~

April 24, 1968 [Redlands Daily Facts]: “ Sheriff on island search for missing man. Santa Barbara —Sheriff's deputies have launched a land and air search off lonely Santa Cruz Island for a 25-year-old former Norwalk man who landed on the island last March 21 but has been reported missing. The missing man, Edward G. Bell, had been a caretaker for a hunting preserve there leased by the Santa Cruz Island Club, a sportsmen's group. Bell was reported missing by the club's president, William E. Huffman, Ventura, who said he could find no trace of him at the club's camp but found a skiff with its bottom smashed in and a pair of shoes resembling those worn by Bell on the beach. ”

May 6, 1968 [LAT]: “ A body found floating in a kelp bed off Santa Cruz Island was identified as that of Edward G. Bell, 25, of 14640 Flatbush Ave., Norwalk. The victim began working about a month ago as caretaker at the Santa Cruz Island Club. An autopsy is pending.”