Body found in drum at Malibu lagoon a day after first spotted floating nearby; LA Sheriff investigates
- The 55-gallon drum was pulled from the water at Malibu Lagoon on Monday
- The body found inside the container has not been identified.
- A cause of death is unknown at this time but an investigation is ongoing.
An investigation is underway at the Malibu Lagoon after a body was found in a 55 gallon drum floating in the water.
Sanitation workers first spotted the container jumping off the Pacific Coast Highway bridge on Sunday evening, but said KTLA that it did not seem important at the time to investigate.
The next morning, lifeguards noticed him when they arrived at their stations and pulled him out of the water, noting that he was heavy. Once opened, they discovered the body.
The body has not been identified and the cause of death is unknown at this time.
An investigation is underway at the Malibu Lagoon in California after a body was found in a 55-gallon drum that was pulled from the water on Monday morning
Lifeguards noticed the drum when they arrived at their posts on Monday and pulled it out of the water, noting that it was heavy. Once opened, they discovered the body
Deputies responded to the 23200 block of the Pacific Coast Highway around 10:30 a.m. Monday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
It is unclear how long the drum had been there or if it had drifted from another area.
A photo posted to social media by Andy Lyon, a local resident and realtor, showed where homicide detectives were still scouring the scene.
Lyon advocated for the restoration of the Malibu lagoon.
Malibu Lagoon State Beach is in Malibu, California and also known as Surfrider Beach
A view above Malibu Point, Malibu Beach, Malibu Pier and Malibu Lagoon State Beach above the Pacific Coast Highway PCH
The case is now being handled by homicide investigators, who have closed the beach, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Jack Jordan.
Malibu Lagoon State Beach is in Malibu, California, and also known as Surfrider Beach.
The 110-acre site is within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and approximately 28 miles from Los Angeles.