Ahmad Solaiman Nourzaie
Nourzaie, approximately 2016; Shireen Ahsan
Date reported missing : 01/18/2016
Missing location (approx) :
Santa Cruz County, California
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 10/27/1990 (30)
Age at the time of disappearance: 25 years old
Height / Weight : 5'9, 190 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A gray or black zip-up hooded sweatshirt, a tan button-down shirt, dark-colored pants and white sneakers.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Asian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Nourzaie goes by his middle name, Solaiman. He had a beard at the time of his disappearance.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Nourzaie was last seen at Bonny Doon Beach at Coast Dairies State Park in Santa Cruz County, California on January 18, 2016. He was a student at the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) at the time of his disappearance, and went to visit the beach with four other UCSC students.
Three of them used a rope to scale down a cliff, and while they were standing on a rocky outcropping in ten- to fifteen-foot surf, they were all swept into the ocean. One of them was able to swim to safety, but Nourzaie and another student, sophomore Shireen Agha Ahsan, never returned to shore; they disappeared.
A photo of Ahsan is posted with this case summary. Over a week later, her body was found at Strawberry Beach, a remote beach in Wilder Ranch State Park, five miles south of where she and Nourzai went into the water.
Nourzaie's body has never been recovered, however, and he is presumed to have drowned. He was a senior at Kresge College in UCSC, majoring in earth and planetary sciences, and active in the campus's Muslim community.
Other information and links : ncy
Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
City On a Hill Press
The Santa Cruz Sentinel
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