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Man's body found floating in Pyramid Lake

Unidentified man pronounced dead after being found near an overturned boat

Posted: June 30, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 30, 2014 2:00 a.m.

A sheriff's deputy, left, speaks to searchers from a sheriff's cruiser as a diver, right, stands near the victim's covered body at Pyramid Lake on Sunday.

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PYRAMID LAKE — A man in his mid-30s was pronounced dead Sunday after a man on a jet ski found his body floating near a submerged boat at Pyramid Lake, near Gorman, sheriff and fire officials said.

The jet ski operator on the lake called deputies with the Los Angeles County Parks Bureau Sunday morning to report finding a man floating about 75 feet from a submerged boat, said a deputy at the docks, where the victim’s body lay covered with a sheet Sunday afternoon.

At about 11:20 a.m., a Parks Bureau deputy was “flagged down by a man on a jet ski who said he had seen something suspicious in the south part of Pyramid Lake, near Chumash Island,” Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release issued late Sunday.

Additional deputies and divers — who were also called to the docks to investigate — found the bow of a boat sticking up out of the water, Navarro-Suarez said. A short distance away, they found a man beneath the water.

“Deputies pulled him from the water and immediately administered CPR. However, the deputies were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at the scene,” according to both Navarro-Suarez and Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Dennis Cross.

The man appears to have drowned but the cause of death has yet to be confirmed. Cross saidan investigator with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office was called to the scene.

Deputies also received information the boating accident victim may have been with a second male.

At 12:20 p.m., the deputy who stayed by the victim’s body on the dock said: “We have divers looking for possible passengers and possibly survivors.”

Acting on reports of a possible second victim, specially-trained deputies assigned to the sheriff’s Emergency Services Detail continued an underwater search throughout the afternoon and, with the help of the county Fire Department, were able to use watercraft vehicles in their efforts.

Divers showed up at the docks with scuba tanks and diving gear shortly after 1:10 p.m. when search teams led by Sgt. Roger Wallace returned to the docks from their initial search of the lake. Once they donned their diving gear, they got on the sheriff’s boat and were expected to resume scouring a portion of the lake known as Spanish Point.

Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives were also called to the popular recreational area on 43100 Pyramid Lake Road, to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death, Navarro-Suarez said.

There are no signs of damage to the boat that was found, she said in her news release, and no obvious signs of physical trauma to the man pulled from the water. Also, there is no preliminary sign of foul play, however the investigation continues.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. 

Those who prefer to provide information anonymously may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website
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