Alberto Rafael Cabrera Corona
Alberto Rafael Corona Cabrera Credit: Lompoc Police Department courtesy photo

The body found in the Santa Ynez River near Lompoc over the weekend has been identified as that of a missing teenage boy, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Raquel Zick said Monday. 

Alberto Corona Cabrera, 14, of Lompoc had been missing for more than week before his body was discovered on Sunday. 

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office Coroner’s Bureau used rapid DNA technology to confirm the identity, Zick said. 

The cause and manner of death were pending, Zick added. 

Two adults in a kayak discovered the body on Sunday in the river near Santa Lucia Canyon Road, authorities said.

The boy’s father had reported him as missing from their home on the afternoon of Jan. 27.

His parents last saw him on at approximately 8 p.m. Jan. 26, Sgt. Jorge Magana of the Lompoc Police Department said last week.

Detectives determined that Cabrera Corona was with two other juveniles in the early morning hours on Jan. 28. 

“The three were in a vehicle that became stuck in the mud and left abandoned on the far west end of town,” Magana said. “While walking back to the city, there was a disagreement on which way to go, so Cabrera Corona walked northbound, and the other juveniles walked eastbound and made it into town.”

Last Wednesday, Lompoc detectives and a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office helicopter searched the area where the missing juvenile was last seen but he was not located.

A day later, the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team, three search dogs, and the helicopter thoroughly searched the area where the boy was last seen, but did not find him or signs of foul play.

The boy attended Lompoc Valley Middle School.

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Janene Scully | Noozhawk North County Editor

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at jscully@noozhawk.com.