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Missing Long Beach Man's Body Found In L.A. River

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The body of a 23-year-old Long Beach man who has been missing since last week was found today. Police discovered the body of Greg Almodovar around 7 a.m. this morning in the L.A. River near the PCH overpass in Long Beach. Almodovar was last seen alive last week Tuesday taking his niece to school, according to Almodovar's brother, Jimmy Almodovar, Long Beach Post reports.

Almodovar worked as a caretaker for a man in Bixby Knolls, and often worked late hours. Almodovar's mother became concerned when he did not return to take his niece to school on Wednesday morning. Jimmy received a text from his brother at 11:18 p.m. on Tuesday night, but then Almodovar stopped responding.

Jimmy checked Almodovar's online bank account and messages, but found nothing. He was able to trace Almodovar's phone to his car, found near Willow Avenue and the 710 freeway, and accessed the car using a spare key. He noted that even though his brother had spent $21 on gas the previous day, the tank was empty. Almodovar's body was found just over a mile downriver from the car.

Jimmy noted that Almodovar suffered from depression, but had not indicated any desire to harm himself, and said his brother was doing better with medication and therapy. Detectives have not found any evidence that Almodovar wanted to hurt himself, the Long Beach Press Telegram reports.

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Homicide detectives are investigating, but the cause of death has not been determined. Anyone with information should call Detectives Peter Lackovic and Sean Irving at 562-570-7244.

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.