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Helicopter dropping pesticide spots body floating in small Oceanside lake

Posted at 2:27 PM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-06 20:59:36-04

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KGTV) — A body was discovered in a small North County lake while vector control workers sprayed for bugs Thursday.

A helicopter pilot was dropping larvicide over the area behind the Vons shopping center at State Route 76 and Frazee Road about 1 p.m. and spotted the body floating on the surface, according to police.

The lagoon was inaccessible by foot, said police. Officers deployed a drone to confirm there was a body on the scene.

Oceanside Fire Department Lifeguards were called to retrieve the person's remains. Investigators believe he or she may have been in the water for at least two weeks.

Oceanside Police responded to the scene and investigated the discovery. The victim's identity and cause of death were not immediately available.

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No further information was immediately available.

The incident is the second discovery of a body in Oceanside Thursday. Earlier, police say a man was found dead under suspicious circumstances in an apartment on Mission Cove Way, about four miles away.