BOLTON, Bryan

BOLTON, Bryan Gentry (1970-1992)[SS#564-43-8439] drowned at Anacapa Island on January 5, 1992.




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January 6, 1992 [LAT]: “Channel Islands National Park divers on Sunday discovered the bodiy of one of two brothers at the back of a sea cave on Anacapa Island about 24 hours after relatives reported them missing in a dinghy. Ventura County Deputy Deputy Coroner Dale Zentzis said Bryan Bolton, 21, appears to have drowned. Bolton, a long-time Thousand Oaks resident who was attending college in Utah, was exploring sea caves along Anacapa's coastline Saturday with his older brother, Monte, before a storm swept into the area. The Coast Guard and Channel Islands divers called off the search late Sunday afternoon for Monte Bolton, 27, because of turbulent swells and lack of daylight. They will continue the search today. The brothers, who were visiting their parents in Thousand Oaks for the holidays, were reported missing Saturday afternoon when they were overdue from a trip exploring the island's coastline in an eight-foot dinghy, authorities said. They were looking at the sea caves, which they had done before, said Grant Brimhall, a family friend. "It just turned tragic," he said. Carol Spears, spokeswoman for Channel Islands National Park, said divers thought they spotted another body in Cathedral Cave where they found Bryan Bolton's body. But she cautioned that the divers were not sure if the form was a piece of clothing or actually another body. Divers had to suspend their efforts due to rough weather...”


January 7, 1992 [LAT]: “The Coast Guard called off its search Monday for a Thousand Oaks man reported missing and presumed drowned off Anacapa Island, but his family continued searching for signs of him. Channel Islands National Park and Coast Guard officials confirmed that Monte Bolton, 27, is presumed to have drowned along with his brother, Bryan Bolton, 21, when violent storms swept into the area when they were exploring sea caves Saturday. The brothers, who attended college in Utah, were spending the holidays with their family. Divers discovered Bryan Bolton’s body Sunday afternoon, but were forced to discontinue their search for the second brother because of turbulent swells and darkness…”