Man found dead near coast beach cliffs

April 28, 2008 10:05:48 AM PDT
An autopsy is scheduled today on a 24-year-old transient from the Santa Rosa area who was found dead at the base of cliffs along the Sonoma Coast near Jenner early Saturday morning.

The Sonoma County coroner's office identified him as Jeffrey Martin Kessler.

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Department labeled his death suspicious because there were no witnesses. The sheriff's department was informed at 2:30 a.m. Saturday that Kessler was missing and was last seen 1.5 miles north of Jenner, Lt. Scott Dunn said.

He was found on Russian Gulch Beach at the base of the cliffs and was pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff's department said.