A well-known California surfer — who once survived a shark attack — was found dead in Mexico, according to local reports.
Adam Francis D’Esposito — known as Biff — went down to Baja, an area in Tijuana popular with surfers, on Sept. 5 in his father’s 2001 silver Volvo, saying he would be back the next day, according to his family.
The 39-year-old was last seen on Sept. 8 by the owner of a surf shop, who described him as “in a bad state” and “scared,” D’Esposito’s sister Briana told CBS8.
A passing driver captured a video of Biff shirtless and barefoot running alongside a highway shortly after that, his sister said.
His disappearance set off a frantic search.
Professional surfer Kelly Slater joined the search efforts on Sunday to find D’Esposito, posting a picture on Instagram with the caption “Missing Person” and the number of a tip hotline.
“It really hits home when someone you know goes missing,” he wrote, pleading for information. “A familiar face in our surf world has been missing for nearly two weeks… You may have seen ‘Biff’ surfing in Tahiti or San Diego over the years. He’s been a familiar face in many lineups.”Members of D’Esposito’s family went down to Baja Malibu to aid with the search and announced on Wednesday that Biff had been found dead.“The details of my brother’s death are still being sorted out,” wrote Briana. “Our hearts are heavy as we come to terms with the fact that he is no longer with us. […]