Police are not ruling out foul play after discovering a man dead at the Full Moon Beach Monday evening.
Officers converged on the secluded nude beach and discovered the body of a single white man in his early 20s. Police on scene said it was too early to rule out murder.
The identity of the victim was not released and the investigation is ongoing.
The body represents the latest case of a fatality occurring on the beach, a popular nudist destination. Police are seeking better ways to monitor the beach while navigating the tricky legalities around public nudity, which is technically illegal in California but tolerated at Full Moon Beach.
"It's concerning that this beach is being known as a place to dump bodies," said Police Chief Sarina Jade.
Jade said the next mayor should consider installing cameras to monitor either the beach or the approaches to the area.
"It's a tricky legal issue because this is a nude beach, and recording people in the nude is obviously a violation of their right to privacy," Jade said. "But the only other option is to ask the city to revoke the nude beach status so cameras can be installed and restore the safety of our beaches."