MONDIEK, Christopher

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Christopher Mondiek

MONDIEK, Christopher (1989-2012), young camper who fell to his death on the east end of Santa Cruz Island while on a camping trip alone. He was 23 years old. His body was found by Jason Wendel of Island Packers, Inc. during a search for the missing man.


MONDIEK, Christopher Anthony, 23, of Dublin, died Saturday, December 15, 2012 on Santa Cruz Island, CA in a hiking accident. He is survived by parents, Priscilla and David. A 2007 graduate of Dublin Scioto High School, Chris earned dual degrees in electrical engineering and motion picture science from Rochester Institute of Technology in May 2012. Visitation at New Hope Church 4739 West Powell Road, Powell, Oh on Friday, January 4, 4-8 p.m. Memorial service Saturday, January 5 at 10:30 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 444 E. Broad St., Columbus, with visitation at 9:30 a.m. and reception following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rochester Institute of Technology, School of Film and Animation, in memory of Chris Mondiek, 116 Lomb Memorial Dr., Rochester, NY 14623. [www.legacy.com/obituaries/dispatch/obituary.aspx?pid=161878135#sthash.TqiT9f23.dpuf]



In the News~

December 15, 2012 [My Death Space.com]: “Authorities have confirmed that the body of a man found washed up Tuesday on Santa Cruz Island was a camper reported missing the day before. Christopher Anthony Mondiek, 23, of Ohio was found dead about 8 a.m. on a beach by rescue personnel. Officials believe he might have fallen off a cliff and died. Rescue crews from Ventura and Santa Barbara counties brought the body to the Ventura Harbor, said Sgt. Mark Williams, a spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. Authorities said Mondiek was due back on the mainland several days ago and that his vehicle was still parked at the Ventura Harbor. He had gone to Santa Cruz Island aboard an Island Packers boat. The search was complicated Monday by stormy weather, officials said. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation, and coroner officials will determine an exact cause of the death. An initial investigation, however, suggests the death was accidental.”


December 18, 2012 [VCS]: “Christopher Anthony Mondiek, 23, of Ohio was found dead about 8 a.m. on a beach by rescue personnel. Officials believe he might have fallen off a cliff and died. Authorities have confirmed that the body of a man found washed up Tuesday on Santa Cruz Island was a camper reported missing the day before. Christopher Anthony Mondiek, 23, of Ohio was found dead about 8 a.m. on a beach by rescue personnel. Officials believe he might have fallen off a cliff and died. Rescue crews from Ventura and Santa Barbara counties brought the body to the Ventura Harbor, said Sgt. Mark Williams, a spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. Authorities said Mondiek was due back on the mainland several days ago and that his vehicle was still parked at the Ventura Harbor. He had gone to Santa Cruz Island aboard an Island Packers boat. The search was complicated Monday by stormy weather, officials said. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation, and coroner officials will determine an exact cause of the death. An initial investigation, however, suggests the death was accidental.”


December 19, 2012 [The Global Dispatch]: “Body of missing Ohio man, Christopher Mondiek, found on Santa Cruz island. The body of a 23-year-old Dublin Ohio man was found on the beach of Santa Cruz Island in California Tuesday morning. According to the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office, the body of Christopher Anthony Mondiek was found by members of the National Park Service and the Santa Barbara and Ventura County Search and Rescue teams. The National Park Service was notified by a private boating company in the Ventura Harbor that Mondiek had not returned from an overnight trip to Santa Cruz Island on Monday. Mondiek’s vehicle was found in the Ventura Harbor parking lot, according to the sheriff’s office. A search helicopter was sent to the island on Monday but was forced back because of a storm. Search crews returned to the island on Tuesday and found Mondiek’s body below a steep cliff, officials said. “Investigators believe his death was caused by a fall from one of the cliffs,” the release said. Mondiek’s death remained under investigation.”


December 20, 2012 [The Columbus Dispatch]: “Dublin grad dies hiking in California. He fell when edge of cliff gave way. A young man from Dublin died doing what he loved.Christopher A. Mondiek, 23, fell to his death while hiking and taking photographs on Santa Cruz Island in California, his mother said. His body was found on Tuesday on a beach below a cliff, according to the Santa Barbara sheriff’s office. Mondiek, a 2007 graduate of Dublin Scioto High School, received degrees in engineering and motion-picture science from Rochester Institute of Technology in May, Priscilla Mondiek said. He recently completed a six-month co-op with ARRI, a movie-camera manufacturer in California, and had planned to return to Columbus yesterday. An avid hiker and photographer who “loved life,” he was on a weekend excursion on the island, Mrs. Mondiek said. “He was all excited because he loved photography and loved hiking,” she said. “Apparently it was just a freak accident.” Investigators told her that wet ground at the top of a hill gave way under him while he was taking a photograph. He broke his neck when he fell. A young man from Dublin died doing what he loved.Christopher A. Mondiek, 23, fell to his death while hiking and taking photographs on Santa Cruz Island in California, his mother said. His body was found on Tuesday on a beach below a cliff, according to the Santa Barbara sheriff’s office. Mondiek, a 2007 graduate of Dublin Scioto High School, received degrees in engineering and motion-picture science from Rochester Institute of Technology in May, Priscilla Mondiek said. He recently completed a six-month co-op with ARRI, a movie-camera manufacturer in California, and had planned to return to Columbus yesterday. An avid hiker and photographer who “loved life,” he was on a weekend excursion on the island, Mrs. Mondiek said. “He was all excited because he loved photography and loved hiking,” she said. “Apparently it was just a freak accident.” Investigators told her that wet ground at the top of a hill gave way under him while he was taking a photograph. He broke his neck when he fell. The National Park Service, which partially owns Santa Cruz Island, was notified by a private boating company on Monday that Mondiek was missing, but a search helicopter was called off because of storms, according to a sheriff’s release. He was found after the search resumed on Tuesday morning. He was the only child of Mrs. Mondiek and her husband, David. She said they plan to have a funeral in early January.”