Body Found of Oakland Man Searching for Cat

Crews had presumed he was dead, because the fall down a steep cliff was about 100 feet down.

By Marina Perelman and Lisa Fernandez
|  Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012  |  Updated 8:07 AM PDT
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A water rescue is now a recovery in Oakland for a man who went to search for his cat and may have fallen into a lake inside a quarry. Fire crews arrived on scene around 7:15 p.m. and requested the dive team to search the waterway located behind 4400 Montgomery street. The victim may have fallen 75 to 100 feet down the steep cliff and into the water below. Firefighters are telling NBC Bay Area that they believe the man is dead. Cheryl Hurd reports.

A water rescue is now a recovery in Oakland for a man who went to search for his cat and may have fallen into a lake inside a quarry. Fire crews arrived on scene around 7:15 p.m. and requested the dive team to search the waterway located behind 4400 Montgomery street. The victim may have fallen 75 to 100 feet down the steep cliff and into the water below. Firefighters are telling NBC Bay Area that they believe the man is dead. Cheryl Hurd reports.

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The body of a man who was looking for his cat on the edge of an abandoned quarry was discovered early  Wednesday morning, according to Oakland fire dispatchers.

His body was found at 12:45 a.m. in about 30 feet of water at the bottom of the quarry behind the Rockridge Shopping Center near Pleasant Valley Road and Montgomery Street.

Fire crews raced to find him about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday and requested the Alameda County dive team search the waterway located behind the center. His roommate had called for help after the man didn't return home after looking for his cat.

Crews had presumed he was dead, because the fall down a steep cliff was about 100 feet down.

The man hasn't been identified yet, but is believed to be in his 50s or 60s.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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