Volunteer finds body in Oakland during MLK Day of Service cleanup

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Volunteers at a cleanup event discovered a man's body along the Martin Luther King Jr. regional shoreline in Oakland Monday morning, an East Bay Regional Park District spokeswoman said.

The volunteers were participating in an all-day cleanup event for Martin Luther King Jr. Day when they discovered the body in mud flats off the shoreline, park district spokeswoman Carolyn Jones said. Hundreds of volunteers participate in the event each year.

A small group had wandered away and was cleaning up trash along the shoreline when they discovered the body at about 11:50 a.m. just off Arrowhead Marsh, Jones said.

Police responded to investigate. The body is a man believed to be between 30 and 40 years old. It was partially clothed and partially decomposed and though it had no obvious signs of trauma, it could be difficult to tell because the body was already decomposing, Jones said.

The Alameda County coroner's bureau took the body and will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
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