SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Howard Kuljian and his family were out for a walk on a damp, overcast morning at Big Lagoon state beach on Saturday, playing fetch with their dog Fran as eight-to-10-foot surf churned the water just feet away like a washing machine.
Kuljian tossed a stick that took the dog down to the water's edge, and in an instant, authorities said, a wave swallowed it, setting off a nightmarish scramble.
In the end, Kuljian, 54, his wife Mary Scott, 57, and son Gregory "Geddie" Kuljian were all engulfed by the roiling waters after trying to save the dog, then each other. The two parents' bodies were later recovered, but the Coast Guard called off a search for the boy.
The Humboldt County coroner's office said Tuesday that the body of the 16-year-old boy still had not been found.
The couple's 18-year-old daughter, Olivia, and Gregory's girlfriend could only watch from the beach as the horror unfolded. The dog later made its way safely back onto the beach.
Mourners wore green again on Tuesday in a gut-wrenching tribute to teenage boy. Students at Arcata High School wore his favorite color as they tried to come to terms with the sudden, tragic loss of the well-liked family.
"His parents treated me like I was one of their own. They treated everyone like their own children no matter who it was," said Jacob Swindle, a close friend of the family.
More than 1,600 people "liked" a Facebook page set up by the teenager's friends called "Wear Green for Geddie" — using his nickname. Dozens tweeted tributes with the hashtag (hash)WearGreenForGeddie.