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Investigation moves forward

The Pismo Beach Police Department is withholding the name of the man found facedown in the tide pools off Shell Beach on Monday.

Police have confirmed the man to be a local resident. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

His death was ruled suspicious, Cmdr. Jake Miller of the Pismo Beach Police Department said, because the body had signs of trauma. Miller would not specify what the injuries deemed “nonenvironmental” were.

The man is described as Hispanic, in his late 30s to 40s and weighing close to 300 pounds. He was discovered with only shoes on about noon by a construction worker who notified police of the body.

Police said Monday that 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.

Authorities on Monday circulated the man’s description to other law enforcement agencies in the area to compare to missing person reports. No matches were made.

The man is not George Carpenter, the 74-year-old San Luis Obispo resident who was last seen Wednesday, officials said Monday. Carpenter went with his dog to Laguna Lake and has not been seen since. Family members are hoping to organize a search for Carpenter on Friday and Saturday.

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