Police: Man found dead in San Diego Harbor may have died accidentally

Posted at 6:18 AM, Aug 31, 2017

SAN DIEGO (KGTV/CNS) - Harbor Police said a man found dead in the water off San Diego Harbor Thursday morning may have died accidentally.

Just before 6 a.m., Harbor Police responded to a report of a deceased man found floating face-down in the water off Harbor Drive, near Laurel Street.

Harbor Police Lt. Mike McLean said, "It appears this was accidental, he may have fallen.

Investigators believe the man may have suffered a fall on the rocks near the water before falling into the harbor, McLean said. They do not believe he was on a boat before the fall.

Police had "no idea when this took place," but based on the initial investigation it appears it was "relatively recently," the lieutenant said. It wasn't immediately clear if the dead man had a wallet, a license or any other sort of identification on him.

A couple who spoke with 10News said they found the body and it appeared the man was wearing jogging clothes -- shorts, running shoes and a jacket -- and had suffered a head wound.

McLean described the man's attire as "San Diego casual" and "casual or athletic wear," but said he wasn't aware if he was a jogger. Harbor Police detectives are hoping to speak with anyone who was in the area late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning and will be reviewing surveillance footage from the scene in an attempt to figure out what happened and locate potential witnesses, McLean said.