The deaths of two people whose bodies were found near each other Long Beach on Monday morning appear to be unrelated, according to police.
The investigation began when man’s body found was found around 5:50 a.m. on the beach in the 5400 block of East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach Police Department Sgt. Brad Johnson said.
The deceased man was naked when police found him, Johnson told the Los Angeles Times.
As investigators combed the area, they found a woman’s body in an SUV that was parked nearby, Johnson said.
Later, investigators determined that the man has committed suicide and the woman died of natural causes, according to Nancy Pratt, a spokeswoman for the Police Department.
The man, who was found with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to his upper torso, was 43, police said in a news release. The woman was 49 and believed have been homeless and living out of her blue Ford Explorer. She had been in an “extreme state of poor health,” the release stated.
Authorities initially said it was unclear how the woman died, and whether the two deaths were related.
The coroner’s office will release the victims’ names and causes of death after their families are notified.
KTLA’s Irving Last, Courtney Friel and Melissa Pamer contributed to this story.