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Search for Former WWE Star Shad Gaspard Suspended After Going Missing in Ocean at Venice Beach

Search for Former WWE Star Shad Gaspard Suspended After Going Missing in Ocean at Venice Beach

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for Shad Gaspard.

After the 39-year-old WWE star went missing while going for a swim with his 10-year-old son Aryeh at a beach in Los Angeles, the Coast Guard confirmed that they’ve suspended their search in a statement to E! News.

“I can’t speak to L.A. County search efforts, because from what I know they are still searching [...] that does not mean the case is closed, it means that we suspended the search, but if an aircraft or boater sees something we will respond. We were searching for approximately 16.5 hours,” they said.

“We conducted 7 search patterns covering 60 nautical square miles, utilizing Coast Guard assets such as a Coast Guard helicopter, a patrol boat and a 45-foot response boat, there are all different units from various stations,” they went on to say.

His wife, Siliana Gaspard, spoke out on Instagram on Tuesday (May 20).

“We would like to express our gratitude to the first responders who rescued Aryeh and to the lifeguards, coast guard, divers, fire and police departments for their continued efforts to help find our beloved Shad. Shad is a fighter, a warrior and a magical soul. We are hoping and praying for his safe return. As a family we thank you all for your concern and well wishes. Please continue to keep sending your positivity and prayers to our beloved Shad,” she wrote.

The 39-year-old and his son were reportedly part of a group of swimmers caught in a strong rip current that had lifeguards rushing to pull everyone out of the water.

We are wishing for the best for Shad‘s family at this time.

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