An 83-year-old West Los Angeles man whose body was found floating in the ocean near the west end of the Santa Monica Pier Tuesday, April 17th, drowned in an apparent suicide, the Los Angeles County coroner said.
A fisherman who was fishing at the edge of the pier saw the manís body floating face down in the water and notified harbor guards, who called Santa Monica police at about 9:40 p.m. to assist in the recovery of the body, Santa Monica police Lt. Alex Padilla said.
Harbor guards removed the body from the ocean and brought it to the top of the pier, but attempts to resuscitate the man were unsuccessful, Padilla said.
The man, identified by the county coroner as Nobuo Gary Yamagami, was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.
Police did not see any signs of foul play, Padilla said.
The body was released to the coronerís office, which determined that the cause of death was drowning, a coroner spokeswoman said.
Yamagamiís death was ruled a suicide, based on statements he had made to neighbors, the coroner spokeswoman said.
Yamagamiís wallet and identifiction were also found in a Ziploc bag that he had on him, Padilla said.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Santa Monica Police Department Robbery-Homicide Unit at (310) 458-8451 or the watch commander at (310) 458-8427.
Callers who wish to provide anonymous information may also call the We-Tip national hotline at (800) 782-7463 (800-78-CRIME). Callers with information that leads to an arrest and conviction may become eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.