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Two Bodies Found Near Shore In Long Beach [Updated]
Two bodies were discovered near the water in Long Beach this morning, reports the L.A. Times.
The first discovery happened on the shoreline by the 5400 block of East Ocean Boulevard at about 5:50 a.m.. The victim is described by the Long Beach Police Department as an adult male who seems to have suffered a gunshot wound to his upper body. The Times also says that the body was undressed when it was found.
While investigating the area, police also discovered the body of a woman inside an SUV that was parked a short distance away from the male victim.
Marlene Arrona, a public information officer with the LBPD, told LAist that investigators are uncertain if the two deaths are related. She said that homicide detectives, as well as investigators from the coroner's office, will be at the scene to investigate.
Arrona could not confirm if the first body was reported by a passerby, or if it was found by police. It's also unconfirmed if the woman had any apparent injuries. The bodies have not yet been identified.
[Update 2:36 p.m.]
After a preliminary investigation, the LBPD does not believe that the two deaths are related. "There's currently nothing that leads us to believe that the two cases are connected," Nancy Pratt, a public information officer with the LBPD, told LAist.
According to Pratt, the male victim is believed to have suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and the female is believed to have died of natural causes. According to City News Service, both the man and the woman are apparently in their 40s.
The investigation is ongoing. The identities of the deceased has been withheld pending family notification.