LOS ANGELES — Tragedy struck the surf apparel industry last week when the body of Hurley International marketing intern Dane Chandler Williams was found dumped in an alley, following the Action Sports Retailer’s fall 2008 trade show. There were no obvious signs of trauma, and the cause of death was not determined as of presstime.
Williams, 23, was last seen during the early morning hours of Jan. 26 leaving the Hard Rock Hotel bar across from the San Diego Convention Center, where the surf/skate apparel and hard-goods trade show is held. Last Tuesday morning, his body was found wrapped in a blanket in the San Diego neighborhood of City Heights, about seven miles from the convention center.
“We have no reports of an argument or dispute or anything like that,” San Diego Police Lieutenant Kevin Rooney told the Los Angeles Times. “It appears that he was already dead when he was placed in the alley.”
An autopsy performed last week was inconclusive, and further toxicology tests may take an additional six weeks. San Diego police have not ruled out homicide in the suspicious death.
“Our sympathies and support are first and foremost with Dane’s family, and with everyone at Hurley who is dealing with this loss,” Hurley representatives said in a statement. “We will support the investigation in any way we can, and we encourage anyone who has information to please come forward and contact the San Diego Police Department. In memory of Dane, we hope the circumstances surrounding his death are quickly resolved.”
Company founder Bob Hurley could not be reached for comment.
A native of Huntington Beach, Williams had been an intern at Hurley in that town for six months and was studying marketing at nearby Santa Ana College.