MANHATTAN BEACH – The body of a woman was found on the sands of Manhattan Beach Friday.
The grisly discovery was made by a lifeguard near the 2300 block of The Strand shortly after 10:10 a.m. Friday, according to Manhattan Beach police.
Police said her boyfriend reported that he and his friend started searching for her around 6:40 a.m.
“The reporting party stated he last saw his girlfriend near the water line,” police said in a statement. “The MBPD immediately opened an investigation and checked with surrounding agencies for reports matching the missing person’s description. The Los Angeles County Lifeguards and the United States Coast Guard conducted searches of the beach and ocean.”
It was unclear if the woman had washed ashore, as initial reporting from the scene indicated that the body had been located off the coast, near the 1300 block of the water line.
“The female was positively identified by officers through photographs as well as next of kin as the missing person,” police said. Her name will be withheld pending notification of relatives by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner.
Anyone with information on the woman’s death was asked to call Manhattan Beach police Detective Sgt. Taylor Klosowski at 310-802-5123.