Coroner Seeks Help to I.D. Body Found in Pismo

Written by Estero Bay News

July 1, 2022

The county coroner is asking for help identifying a man whose body wash ashore in Pismo Beach last January.

The body was discovered on Jan. 13, 2022 washed up near South Dolliver Street in Pismo Beach, and has not yet been identified.

“The body had been in the water for an extended period of time,” Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Cipolla said in a news release dated June 22. “There were no obvious signs to indicate the death was criminal in nature.” 

Due to being submerged in water for so long, they can only give a description of the man, who had some distinctive tattoos and piercings.

“The body appears to be a white male,” Cipolla said. “Tattoos of note include what appears to be a tulip and other tattoos on the left arm. The left ankle has what appears to be tattoos of flames and possibly the top of a high-rise building.”

 “A tragus piercing of the left ear with a purple hoop earring was also present.”

A tragus piercing is done on the small flap of cartilage that partially covers the ear canal, as opposed to piercings done on the outer rim of the ear or on the ear lobe.

Cipolla said the man’s death is being investigated by the Pismo Beach Police Department and the Sheriff’s Coroner’s Unit. If readers recognize the man’s description they should contact the Coroner’s Office at (805) 781-4513.

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