Decomposed body found at Stinson Beach

July 10, 2008 9:15:59 AM PDT
A body that washed up on the shore at Stinson Beach in Marin County Wednesday was so badly decomposed that even the gender and ethnicity could not be immediately be determined, a U.S. Park Police spokesman said today.

Several people reported seeing the body on the northern edge of the beach beginning around 8:20 p.m., said spokesman Rich Weideman.

The Marin County coroner's office arrived at the beach and confirmed the person found was dead. Weideman said the body was removed between 9:30 and 10 p.m.

"The body was in such bad shape that there's no way to tell the preliminary cause of death," he said.

The coroner's office is working to determine the person's identity and the cause of death.