The Santa Cruz County Coroner’s office has ruled that 17-year old Nathan Phillips of Aptos died from suicide. Phillip’s body was found at the bottom of the ocean off Seacliff State Beach near the cement ship on December 12th. He was reported missing from his family’s home on December 3rd, and later that same day, his abandoned bike was found near Seacliff State Beach. An autopsy concluded that he died from sea water drowning aided by a weighted backpack. Phillips was remembered by high school friends yesterday afternoon at Seacliff Pier. He would have graduated from Aptos High School next year.