Police have identified body found at bottom of bluffs in Pismo Beach


Police have identified the man whose body was discovered in the tide pools in Pismo Beach on Monday. His name is being withheld until his next of kin is notified.

The body is now described as that of a Hispanic male. His wallet and shorts were found among the rocks below Vista Del Mar Avenue, an area about 400 yards south of where his body was located at the end of Park Place, police said.

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A body discovered along the rocks in Pismo Beach on Monday is a man in his late 30s or 40s, weighing around 300 pounds, officials at the scene said.

The body has signs of trauma and the death has been ruled suspicious, said Cmdr. Jake Miller of the Pismo Beach Police Department. He would not say what the trauma was, but added the discovery doesn't rule out suicide, accidental death or homicide. The investigation is ongoing.

Authorities are circulating his description to other agencies in the region to compare to missing person reports. So far, no matches have been made, police said.

Officials do not believe the man is George Carpenter, the 74-year-old San Luis Obispo resident who has been missing since Christmas Eve.

The body was discovered unclothed but with shoes on around noon, face-down in the tide pools outside a private community of homes off Park Place.

A construction worker notified police when he saw the body.

It is not uncommon to find bodies unclothed after being in the ocean, Miller said, since the water movements can be harsh at times. Officials aren't sure how long the body was at the location it was discovered, as it was high tide in the morning and it could have been submerged, Miller said. However, he could have been in the water up to 12 hours, he added.

It's unclear if the body washed up on shore or if it entered the water at the spot it was found, Miller said. Ocean currents there come from the north and south.