A homicide investigation was in progress after a man's body was found inside a container at Malibu Lagoon State Beach Monday.
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a dead body found inside a 55-gallon drum on the beach at Malibu Lagoon State Beach Monday morning.
A beachgoer reportedly found the drum floating near the shore at about 10:27 a.m. near the 23200 block of Pacific Coast Highway, according to the sheriff's department.
Lifeguards pulled the barrel ashore and opened it to find the unclothed body of a Black male inside.
Paramedics pronounced the unidentified person dead at the scene. No further details about the body were immediately released.
It was unclear how long the container and the body had been in the water. The drum appeared to be found on the lagoon side of the beach.