Body found in Pismo Creek is a local man, police say

An autopsy is scheduled for today to determine the cause of death of a man who was found dead Monday afternoon in Pismo Creek near Ira Lease Park in Pismo Beach.

Police on Tuesday did not identify the man, though they said he is a local resident. Pismo Beach Cmdr. Jake Miller said police have received no reports of missing persons matching his description, nor have other agencies in the county.

A hobbyist photographer came across the man’s body about 3:20 p.m. It was 80 to 100 yards east of the Highway 1 overpass at Pismo Creek, Miller said. He was described as white and in his 40s.

The body had been in the creek for more than two days, but less than two weeks, Miller said. He said police do not believe the man’s body entered the creek at the point at which it was found, as the area was completely undisturbed and the body likely moved with the tide.

There were no obvious signs of foul play, but because the body had been exposed to the elements for so long, a cause of death was not immediately known.

Miller said the man was found with some objects that may help police identify him if the items found actually belong to the man. Miller did not describe the objects but said that they did not include any standard forms of identification.

Until a cause of death is known, the death will be considered suspicious, he said.