Body found sealed in barrel was Chula Vista music producer, cops say


On Oct. 12, 2017, Omar Medina’s body was found inside the 55-gallon drum floating in the San Diego Bay. He had been stabbed in the chest, back, neck and head.

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A man whose decomposing body was found stuffed inside a sealed barrel chained to the bottom of the San Diego Bay last month was a 28-year-old music producer from Chula Vista, who was last seen alive on Sept. 30, but no arrests have been announced in the case.

The remains of Omar Medina were found in the plastic drum in the harbor on Oct. 12, Chula Vista police said.

Six days after the discovery of the barrel, investigators said they had identified the body but were withholding the victim’s name to avoid compromising the ongoing homicide investigation.

Omar Medina missing poster

On the day the body was found, Albert Molina went to the Chula Vista Marina to circulate homemade missing-persons fliers featuring a photograph of Medina, saying he was worried the remains were that of his friend. Molina said that he had reported Medina missing.

Chula Vista police have not released any other details about the case, but said shortly after the discovery of the drum that further details would be released when doing so “no longer affects the investigation.”

The 55-gallon drum was discovered by a diver cleaning his boat. It was floating on the surface of the harbor and attached to a chain weighted down by an underwater concrete block. Authorities snared it and towed it to Chula Vista Marina off J Street and Marina Parkway.

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