Newport Beach woman dies after being found face down at Crystal Cove State Beach

Beach combers walk along the shoreline at Crystal Cove State Beach.
Beach combers walk along the shoreline at Crystal Cove State Beach in September 2020.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

A Newport Beach woman died after being found ashore at Crystal Cove State Beach on May 25.

California State Parks lifeguard supervisor Paul Andrus said Monday that a beachgoer found Suzanne Annie Guthrie, 55, face down near the rocky shoreline off Pelican Point shortly after 3 p.m. and notified lifeguards.

After performing CPR on the woman, a lifeguard then radioed for support, and Guthrie was transferred to the care of Newport Beach fire paramedics, who transported her to Mission Hospital where she was later declared deceased.

Andrus said the Newport Beach Police Department was the acting agency looking into Guthrie’s death.

Bryan Moore, a spokesman for the department, said Tuesday that during the investigation it was determined that Guthrie was reported missing to Newport Beach police at around 3:12 p.m. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol located what was presumed to be her paddleboard floating in Newport Harbor earlier that morning.

At this time, Moore said there is no reason to suspect foul play.

Todd Hylton, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, said the case is still pending and that there had been no determination as to cause of death as of Monday. The coroner’s office is currently awaiting results on a toxicology report.

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