October 4, 2023

By Taylor Romine and Elizabeth Wolfe | CNN

A person’s physique was discovered inside a plastic barrel at a seaside in Malibu, California, after a lifeguard noticed the bizarre merchandise floating offshore, officers introduced.

The physique was inside a 55-liter black drum, which was found at Malibu Lagoon State Seaside, Lieutenant Hugo Reynaga with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division mentioned Monday.

Murder investigators are analyzing the circumstances encompass the loss of life of the person, who was recognized as a Black grownup, the sheriff’s division mentioned in a launch.

Investigators don’t but know the way lengthy the physique had been within the container, Reynaga mentioned, including it didn’t look like considerably decomposed.

There have been no indications of blood spatter or different indicators of violence, the lieutenant mentioned.

A state park upkeep employee first noticed the big drum floating within the lagoon round 3 p.m. Sunday, Reynaga mentioned. The employee retrieved the heavy barrel utilizing a kayak and left it unopened on the shore, he mentioned, however the excessive tide in a single day swept it again into the water.

Round 10 a.m. Monday, the lifeguard swam out to get the barrel from the lagoon and opened it on shore, discovering a “non-responsive” particular person inside, the lieutenant mentioned. Paramedics and deputies had been known as to the scene and the person was pronounced lifeless on the seaside, authorities mentioned.