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Family of missing S.F. tech worker: Body found near Alcatraz is his

Police say a body found Tuesday near Alcatraz Island still has not officially been identified despite claims from a missing Bay Area tech worker's family that it's his.

Police are still considering Dan Ha, 26, a missing person as they wait for coroner's investigators to identify the body, San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said Friday.

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His family, however, insists the body is Ha's.

On Tuesday, a Coast Guard crew assisted Bay Area authorities in retrieving a body discovered about 7:30 a.m. Details about the body, including possible cause of death, were not released.

Ha's brother told reporters at a news conference that the body's face and eyes were indistinguishable, but the clothes, cellphone and wallet contents matched Ha's personal belongings.

"We have no reason to believe this was a suicide," Joseph Ha said.

He said his brother never talked about hurting himself.

Ha was last seen about 8 p.m. on Halloween after leaving his apartment near 4th and Brannan streets.

Immediately after his disappearance, his family created a website and Facebook page dedicated to finding him.

Dan Ha, a Stanford University graduate, was an iOS developer for the San Francisco-based startup Metromile.

Metromile thanked the public for supporting his family.

"We will miss our colleague Dan Ha dearly," the company tweeted.

The family is accepting donations to help pay for funeral costs. To donate, visit http://finddanha.com/monetary-donations/.

For breaking news in California, follow @VeronicaRochaLA. She can be reached at veronica.rocha@latimes.com.

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