The man whose unclothed body was discovered facedown in the tide pools of Shell Beach on Monday is a local resident, police said, but his name was being withheld so his family could be notified.
The man is described as Hispanic, in his late 30s to 40s and weighing close to 300 pounds, officials at the scene said.
He was discovered with only shoes on about noon after a construction worker notified police when he saw the body.
The man’s wallet and shorts were found among the rocks below Vista Del Mar Avenue, an area about 400 yards south of where the body was found at the end of Park Place, police said.
The tide pools are below a group of homes.
The man’s death was ruled suspicious, Cmdr. Jake Miller of the Pismo Beach Police Department said, because the body had signs of trauma.
Miller would not say what the trauma was but added that the discovery doesn’t rule out suicide, accidental death or homicide. An autopsy will determine the cause of death, officials said.
It is not uncommon to find bodies unclothed after being in the ocean, Miller said, because tide conditions can be harsh at times.
Officials were not sure how long the body had been at the location where it was discovered, as it was high tide in the morning and it could have been submerged, Miller said.
However, the body could have been in the water up to 12 hours, Miller added. The temperature of the water was in the lows 50s, Miller said.
It was unclear if the body washed ashore or if it entered the water where it was found, Miller said. Ocean currents there come from the north and south.
Authorities circulated the man’s description to other agencies in the region to compare to missing person reports. No matches were made Monday, police said.
The man is not George Carpenter, the 74-year-old San Luis Obispo resident who was last seen Wednesday, officials said.