15-Year-Old Found Dead At Bottom Of San Pedro Cliff
A teenager's body was found at the bottom of a San Pedro cliff on Monday. Authorities are investigating whether the death was accidental or a suicide.A passerby discovered 15-year-old Anderson Dale Bard's body on the 1000 block of West Paseo del Mar in Point Fermin Park, below the 150-foot seaside cliff, according to City News Service.
Investigators are awaiting the results of a pending autopsy on Bard's body.
Bard, who was a sophomore at the marine science magnet of San Pedro High School, didn't leave a note and didn't have a history of attempted suicides, so investigators are looking into what may have led to his death, L.A. Daily News reported.
“Nobody saw him jump,” LAPD Detective Julie Scruggs said. “We don’t have any proof that it was a suicide. There’s always a chance he slipped.”
His father, David Bard, who's the director of the Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur, told the Daily News that his son loved "ocean life," astronomy and science fiction.
If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone, remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt, and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.