Formerly of Livermore; Sheriff’s investigation continues
By Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff
On Sunday morning, June 28, 2020 at about 9:48 am, the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff Dive Team responded to Indian Slough, west of Lido Bay to assist patrol deputies with a report of a deceased body found in the water. The Dive Team recovered the decedent who was turned over to the Coroner’s Division for identification and determination of cause of death.
On Monday, June 29, 2020 the Contra Costa County Sheriff-Coroner’s Division identified the decedent as 29-year-old Joseph Thomas Cairel of Marina, CA near Monterey. He was the boater reported missing on Friday, June 26, 2020. (See related article)
According to his Facebook page, Cairel was a professional soccer player and former resident of Livermore. His team, the Ontario Fury, in Southern California announced his passing on their Facebook page on Monday writing, “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we report the sad news that Fury Midfielder Joseph Cairel passed away this past weekend. He will be greatly missed by us all. We extend the deepest condolences and sympathy to all of his family and friends. All of our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.”
The Fury, part of the Major Arena Soccer League had just posted on Friday, a “Happy Birthday” message to Cairel on their Facebook page. See below a video from 2016 of Cairel posted on the Facebook page of the Tacoma Stars for whom he used to play.
You may have seen a blur of long, flowing hair and legs shooting across the turf at the ShoWare Center this season. Well, that blur was Joseph Cairel, and LEVYfilms was able to get him to sit still long enough for us to get to know him a little better. #Enjoy
Posted by Tacoma Stars on Wednesday, February 24, 2016
The investigation into the cause of Cairel’s death is continuing. Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact the Office of the Sheriff at (925) 646-2441.
Allen Payton contributed to this report.