Two bodies found in Long Beach; police say cases unrelated

- The bodies of a man and a woman were found Monday in the same general area in Long Beach, but there was no apparent connection between the two deaths.

The 43-year-old man's nude body was found on the beach at the waterline near the 5400 block of East Ocean Boulevard at 5:50 a.m., according to the Long Beach Police Department.

"The deceased individual on the beach is a male adult with an apparent gunshot wound to the upper torso,'' said Long Beach police Sgt. Brad Johnson.

The man apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Nancy Pratt, also of the Long Beach Police Department.

Police searched the beach and the water near the shoreline for a weapon, but none has been found, Pratt said.

While police were conducting the investigation, officers found a second dead body inside a parked SUV, Johnson said.

The body inside the blue Ford Explorer, which was parked along the south curb of Ocean Boulevard, was that of 49-year-old woman who died of apparent natural causes, police said.

The woman, who may have been homeless and living out of her vehicle, appeared to have been in poor health although her body showed no obvious signs of trauma, police said.

"Based on the preliminary findings, the investigators do not believe there is any connection between these two cases, however, the investigation continues.''

The decedents' names were withheld pending family notification.

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