RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The body found in Lake Tahoe by a private search firm has been confirmed as Marc Ma, a University of Nevada, Reno football player who disappeared while paddle boarding June 10, 2016.
Dental records confirmed the body was Ma, Placer County Sheriff's Office Lt. Troy Sander said.
Ma went paddle boarding with a group of athlete friends from school. Winds picked up on the lake shortly after the group entered the water. His friends were rescued by a boat crew from a nearby marina, but Ma was never seen again. He was not wearing a life vest.
The weekend of July 29, 2017, Ma's family hired private contractor "Bruce's Legacy," which is equipped with a specialized robotic camera system. Monday, the camera spotted a body in 240 feet of water. The body was recovered close to Homewood, near where he was last seen. He was taken to shore with assistance from the Placer County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Placer County authorities had ended their efforts to recover the body after no sign of him was found in 2016, but the case remained open.
The 20-year-old Ma was a sophomore who played defensive end for the Nevada Wolf Pack.