Body—possibly of missing person—washes up along Peninsula, authorities say

The body of a person who may have been missing washed onto the beach Wednesday evening, authorities said.

Lifeguards had been patrolling the beach when they were flagged down by a pedestrian at the beach, Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jack Crabtree said. The body was at the waterline, where the lifeguards saw the person was dead and called the police, he said.

Police were called to the scene at about 5:50 p.m. near the area of 55th Place and Ocean Boulevard, spokeswoman Arantxa Chavarria said.

“The body was rescued by our Marine Patrol units and no foul play is suspected,” Chavarria said.

The body matches the description of a person missing out of Orange County, Crabtree said.

The county coroner is working to identify the body and determine the cause of death, according to Chavarria.

Lisa Gione said she had been swimming nearby when a man approached her and said he found and reported a dead body that washed ashore and warned her not to go toward it.

“I was in the water at the same time,” she said, adding that the body appeared to have been in the water for a long time.

Editor’s note: This story was updated with additional information from officials. 

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.
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