The San Diego-based sailor who was discovered dead on Wednesday has been identified as Petty Officer Dominique Cruz.
Cruz, who went missing on Jan. 18, served as an operations specialist aboard the USS Halsey, which is homeported in San Diego, officials from the Pentagon said.
According to the U.S. Fifth Fleet, the sailor did not report to watch aboard the destroyer as scheduled, prompting a search by helicopters and airplane.
Cruz, 26, of Panama City, FL, was found during search and rescue operations on Jan. 19 in the Gulf of Oman, according to the Department of Defense.
The Halsey is currently deployed in the Middle East, conducting maritime security operations.
An investigation into what caused Cruz’s death remains open.
City News Service contributed to this report.