Man's body found in La Jolla sea cave

Several caves line the La Jolla shoreline.  Photo: Dave Schwab
Several caves line the La Jolla shoreline. Photo: Dave Schwab

The body of an unidentified man believed to be in his 50s was found washed up in a cave along the La Jolla coastline Monday afternoon.

“At 4:30 p.m. two snorkelers reported to lifeguards what they observed to be a dead body on the rocks inside one of the La Jolla caves,” said San Diego Lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum. “Lifeguards responded and confirmed that the body was deceased and contacted the police department and the Medical Examiner’s Office, who turned out to document the scene and extricate the body, which had been transported to the La Jolla Shores boat launch.”

A report issued by the Medical Examiner identified the place of death as 1200 Coast Blvd. west of Prospect Place in La Jolla. The decedent was described as an unidentified Caucasian male. Death was confirmed without medical interventions due to skin color changes.

Police are investigating the matter, and attempting to identity the victim through fingerprints.

San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Maurice Luque noted evidence found on the victim’s body suggested suicide.

“He was found on a rock inside a cave and had street clothes on and was wearing a backpack that had rocks in the side of the pack,” he said. “The incident is being investigated by the coroner as a possible suicide.”

An autopsy has yet to be scheduled.

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