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Marine patrol officers discover body of murdered transient

June 27th, 2011 · No Comments · News

On Sunday, June 19, at approximately 12:30am, Long Beach Police Department marine patrol officers discovered a dead body inside a vehicle they were preparing to tow in the 500 block of Queens Way Drive.
Officers were unable to determine the cause of the person’s death, and Long Beach Police homicide detectives were called to the scene. Upon further investigation by the detectives and the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, the preliminary evidence suggests the victim died of blunt-force trauma. A full autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death, and at this time he is only being identified as a 19-year-old black male transient, pending notification to his family.
Detectives worked throughout the day and identified a suspect, a 31-year-old male transient, who was a friend of the victim. The suspect was taken into custody in Los Angeles Sunday night at approximately 7:15pm.
Detectives have learned the murder occurred in Los Angeles and have been working with Los Angeles Police Department’s Southeast Division homicide department closely on the investigation.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call (562) 570-7244 or (213) 485-4341. Anonymous tips may be submitted at longbeach.gov/police or tipsoft.com. ß                             

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