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Body found inside 55-gallon drum in Malibu

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the discovery of a body inside a 55-gallon drum in Malibu Lagoon on Monday.

A park worker first saw the drum floating by the Pacific Coast Highway bridge Sunday night but didn’t think much of it at the time, a spokesperson for the L.A. County Fire Department told KTLA.

When lifeguards arrived at work Monday morning, they saw the drum in the lagoon, tried to pull it out, and then discovered the body inside, officials said.

Lifeguards discovered the body inside a drum in Malibu Lagoon. July 31, 2023. (KTLA)

Sky5 footage showed the black plastic drum standing upright in shallow water around midday Monday.

This is a developing story. Stay with KTLA for updates.

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