SAN DIEGO — Harbor Police detectives investigating the discovery of a body found Thursday morning in San Diego Bay said it appears the man died from an accident “relatively recently,” and they don’t suspect foul play.
Someone who lives on a boat in the harbor spotted the man’s body just after 6 a.m. in the water off Harbor Drive near Laurel Street, Harbor Police Lt. Mike McLean said.
“It appears this was accidental, he may have fallen,” McLean said, adding he couldn’t give a general description of the man because he hadn’t seen the body.
Recovery divers were in the harbor a little before 7:30 a.m. retrieving the man’s remains, McLean said.
Investigators believe the man may have suffered a fall on the rocks near the water before falling into the harbor, McLean said. They do not believe he was on a boat before the fall.
Police had “no idea when this took place,” but based on the initial investigation it appears it was “relatively recently,” the lieutenant said. It wasn’t immediately clear if the dead man had a wallet, a license or any other sort of identification on him.
McLean described the man’s attire as “San Diego casual” and “casual or athletic wear,” but said he wasn’t aware if he was a jogger.
Harbor Police detectives are hoping to speak with anyone who was in the area late last night or early Thursday morning and will be reviewing surveillance footage from the scene in an attempt to figure out what happened and locate potential witnesses, McLean said.