October 9 incident remains under investigation
By Sam Catanzaro
A man’s body that was found in the water near the Venice pier last weekend has been identified.
According to the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department, the body was found around 6:30 a.m. by a jogger at the 3000 block of Ocean Front Walk, just to the north of the Venice Fishing Pier. Officials say the jogger spotted the body in the water near the shore before calling 9-1-1.
The Los Angeles Police Department and LA County Fire Department lifeguards responded to the beach and pulled the body out of the water.
According to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, the victim was 23-year-old Jose Martinez.
It is currently unknown how long the victim was in the water and how got there.