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Body Of Young Man Found In Manhattan Beach Park [UPDATED]

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The body of a young Latino man was found Thursday at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach.

The body was discovered by Manhattan Beach city workers who were moving a pile of fertilizer Thursday afternoon at the park in the 1500 block of North Peck Avenue, police told CBS News.

The man's body was wrapped in some sort of pink material, according to detectives.

Investigators believe the victim was killed at another location before being dumped at the park. His identity and cause of death are not yet known. Police have not commented how long they believe the body was there.

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The area has not had a homicide in three years, according to CBS. Local resident John McNicholas, who came to use the park's swimming pool, told CBS, "There's a lot more crime in this area than what people say there is. As far as there being a body, it's odd, but I'm not shocked by it."

An autopsy will not take place until Monday at the earliest.

Anyone with information is urged to contact L.A. County Sheriff's Homicide detectives at (323) 890-5500.

UPDATE, TUESDAY, JULY 16, 5:20 P.M. The man has been identified as 21-year-old Mario Herrera of Long Beach, reports City News Service. An autopsy was inconclusive as to the cause of death, which is pending the completion of toxicological tests. No arrests have been made.

Herrera's body was found in a conservation center. He was reported missing the day before his body was found.