Female Body Found at Malibu Lagoon

Photo: Griffin Churchill // The Local Malibu

This article was updated on December 21st at 8:03 p.m.

The body of what appears to be an African American female was discovered in the water near the bridge at Malibu Lagoon just after 12 noon.

Visitors to the lagoon were taking pictures and notified the lifeguard on duty there was a body in the water. L.A. County Lifeguards notified Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s station and deputies were dispatched to the scene.

The deceased female appears to be approximately mid 20-30s in age. Authorities said given the condition of the body (rigor mortis had set in), and the visitor traffic through that area, was believed not to have been there more than 24 hours. The body was found nude.

The coroner and homicide investigators arrived on scene and processed the area. No clothing, personal belongings, or identification was found near the body.

Investigators processed a homeless encampment for evidence and potential connection not far from where the body was discovered.

The discovery of the deceased African American female sent shockwaves through the community just three months after the 10 year anniversary of Mitrice Richardson, also an African American female, who was released from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station September 17th, 2009, just after midnight, under suspicious circumstances. Her body was discovered 10 months later near Monte Nido.

Dr. Ronda Hampton at the press conference at Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station on the anniversary of Mitrice Richardson’s disaapearance September, 17th, 2019

The Richardson case and her cause of death remains unsolved.

This is a developing story.



Cece Woods

The Current Report Editor in Chief Cece Woods started The Local Malibu, an activism based platform in 2014. The publication was instrumental in the success of pro-preservation ballot measures and seating five top vote-getters in the Malibu City Council elections.

During the summer of 2018, Woods exposed the two-year law enforcement cover-up in the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings, and a few short months later provided the most comprehensive local news coverage during the Woolsey Fire attracting over one million hits across her social media platforms.

Since 2020, Woods was the only journalist reporting on the on-going public corruption involving former L.A. Metro CEO Phil Washington. Woods worked with Political Corruption expert Adam Loew, DC Watchdog organizations and leaders in the Capitol exposing Washington which ultimately led to the withdrawal of his nomination to head the FAA.

Woods also founded Malibu based 90265 Magazine and Cali Mag devoted to the authentic southern California lifestyle.

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