A victim of an alleged murder in Los Angeles was found Sunday in a vehicle near the Long Beach harbor.
Long Beach Police Department Marine Patrol officers found a dead body at about 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 19, inside a vehicle they were preparing to tow near the 500 block of Queens Way Drive, according to an LBPD report.
Officers were not able to determine a cause of death, prompting them to bring homicide detectives to the scene. Further investigation by detectives and the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office showed preliminary evidence that suggested the victim - described as a 19-year-old male transient - had died of blunt force trauma.
As detectives continued to work throughout the day, they 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 at approximately 7:15 p.m. that evening.
LBPD officials said that the detectives have learned that the murder happened in Los Angeles, and the department has since been working with the Los Angeles Police Department's South East Division Homicide section on the investigation.
Anyone with information on this case can contact LBPD homicide detectives Malcolm Evans and Todd Johnson at 570-7244 or LAPD homicide detectives Sammy Marullo and John Jamison at (213) 485-4341. Anonymous tips can be left through the website www.longbeach.gov/police.