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Family Says It Saw Missing Swimmer's Ghost at Beach

Daniel Frank Austin, 34, died from an apparent drowning over Labor Day at Salt Creek Beach. His immediate family and friends said good-bye recently, and say they later saw his image in these photos.

The family of Frank Daniel Austin had what they are saying was a surprise after they developed the photos after they went to say their final good-byes to Daniel, who went missing on Sept. 2.

The 34-year-old Rowland Heights man's body was later found Sept. 8. He died in an apparent drowning over Labor Day weekend when he went swimming, according to authorities. After several days of searching the area, the rescue was called off, however, his body was found floating off Monarch Beach.

According to a family member, who wished to remain anonymous, these two photos above were taken on Sept. 29, at Salt Creek Beach.

"The picture was taken where Frank went into the water the last time he was seen entering the water. The second picture, there is a light toward the sun and it looks like he is going toward the light," the family member said. 

The individual added: "nothing was done to the photos. We are all shocked and very happy with knowing that Frank was with us that day."

A rosary service for Austin was held on, Sept. 28 in Covina and a memorial service was held on Sept. 29, also in Covina.

Charles October 11, 2012 at 01:57 PM
"developed the photos" People actually still do this? "...knowing that Frank was with us that day." Knowing? That's pretty bold. "A rosary service..." Another superstitious activity. I guess that explains everything.
yingster October 11, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I'm not religious or a believer of any kind but those photos are creepy!
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 04:50 PM
@Ying: Thanks for the comments!
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 04:51 PM
@Charles: Everyone is entitled to their beliefs, right? Costco's lines for picture development are always long!
Kate Little October 12, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Charles, I think you were very rude to comment in the way that you did. Maybe you should realize that the story is about someone missing and then being found dead, let the family grieve over their lost family member without your rudeness. P.S. And yes, people still develop film the correct way, and yes sometimes at costco!
David Morrow October 12, 2012 at 06:37 AM
We believe that this was our beloved Frank. Some people do not understand what we are going through and just say immature things. We know and that is all that matters. We love you Frank!! Dave
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) October 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM
David: I thank you for sharing your photos and story.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) October 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Kate: Agree.
David Morrow October 13, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Thank you as well. Dave
randy October 13, 2012 at 06:36 PM
David, these phenomenal pics share a million of words as he was. Sorry for your loss and may he rest in peace. Thanks for sharing the beauty of life on the Cali beach where he explored. Will not forget these two pics.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) October 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM
@Randy: Thanks for sending David your kind words.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) October 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM
@David: My pleasure.
David Morrow October 14, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Randy thank you very much that means the world to us. Dave
RJ October 16, 2012 at 10:01 PM
I think the photos are awesome. His spirit lives on.
Christopher December 14, 2012 at 11:57 PM
These photos are awesome. The first pic looks like there are large wings on his back. I have seen similar photos like this with the wings as well. Thanks for sharing these. My condolences to Frank Daniel Austin's loved ones. I believe he is an angel in heaven now.

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