Body of missing Correctional Officer found in San Francisco Bay

By OPEC Staff

The San Francisco Medical Examiner confirmed Wednesday that the man’s body found in the San Francisco Bay is that of missing Correctional Officer Victor Murillo of the California Medical Facility (CMF), Vacaville.

Murillo, 27, had been missing for more than a week and was last seen near Pier 32 after a San Francisco Giants game.

San Francisco Police Department Officer Carlos Manfredi said a jogger spotted Wednesday the body in the water near the foot of Howard Street and the Embarcadero, according to news reports. Manfredi said the passerby flagged down a San Francisco Fire Department boat, and firefighters retrieved the body from the bay.

Murillo, a Los Angeles Dodgers fan, was in San Francisco June 25 to watch his team play the rival Giants at AT&T Park with a friend. After the game, Murillo and his friend walked about a mile to their car parked in a lot on Piers 30-32 around 10:40 p.m., according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The friend got inside the car and began writing a text message on his phone, San Francisco police said.

Murillo, a Woodland resident, apparently walked out toward the edge of the pier while the friend was distracted with his phone. When the friend finished the text message a minute later, he said he looked up and couldn’t find Murillo.

San Francisco crews suspended their search for Murillo last Tuesday, a day after he went missing, but his friends and family continued to look for him and distribute flyers.

A memo released to CMF staff said Murillo began his CDCR career in October 2007 at the Richard A. McGee Training Academy in Galt. Upon graduating, he was assigned to CMF on February 23, 2008. 

“During his four years at CMF,” the memo said, “Victor worked a variety of assignments, mostly as a relief officer on different watches. Victor was known for his positive attitude and ‘great big smile.’”

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