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Deaths of man and woman found near each other in Long Beach ‘coincidental,’ police say

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Long Beach police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of two people who were found on the beach and in a nearby car early Monday morning.

The deaths of two people whose bodies were found early Monday in Long Beach — a man on the beach with a gunshot wound and a woman in a car not far away — were unrelated and their proximity to each other appears to be purely “coincidental,” police said.

The man’s body was found first by a passerby about 6 a.m. The body was lying naked with a gunshot wound to the chest near Bay Shore Drive and 54th Place, said Long Beach police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt. Though a gun wasn’t found in the area, police believe that the death was a suicide, Pratt said.

Investigators search an SUV where a second body was found near the 5400 block of East Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach.
Investigators search an SUV where a second body was found near the 5400 block of East Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach.
(Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times )

While investigating the man’s death, authorities discovered the body of a woman inside an SUV on East Ocean Boulevard, about a five-minute walk from where the man’s body was found, Pratt said.

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The woman looked to be in an “extreme state of poor health” and appeared to have been living out of her car, Pratt said. Authorities believe she may have died of natural causes, but can’t say when.

The man was 42 years old and the woman was 49, Pratt said. Their identities have not been released and authorities continue to investigate both deaths.

joseph.serna@latimes.com

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UPDATES:

1:50 p.m.: This post was updated with details on possible causes of death.

This article was originally published at 9:05 a.m.


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