San Diego police responded to a body found in the water near Mission Beach Wednesday.
At 10:20 a.m., a fisherman noticed a group of seagulls while roughly 2.5 miles offshore, SDPD Lt. Anthony Dupree said.
When he investigated, he discovered the body of a man. The fisherman used his boat radio to call lifeguards who in turn notified the police.
Lifeguards retrieved the body shortly after.
The man was wearing board shorts when he died, Dupree said. There was a chain wrapped around his waist. It was less than a half-inch thick.
“There is a chain on his waist and that's concerning... ," Dupree said. “It didn’t look heavy. One chain around the waist almost like someone would wear it as a belt. It's unusual to have a chain but we’re going to look into it.”
He was not wearing any other clothes.
The body didn’t appear to have endured any trauma, SDPD said. There were no signs of the body being weighed down either.
“We have no idea how he got there,” Dupree said.
The man may have been in his 30s or 40s, according to Dupree.
The SDPD Homicide Unit is currently investigating it as a suspicious death.
No other information was available.
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