Mallard Island body was in water at least a month

The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office released new information Wednesday¬†evening after performing an autopsy on a decomposing body found Sunday in the waters off Mallard Island near Bay Point.

Sheriff’s officials believe the body was in the water for more than a month. The identity of the decedent has not yet been established, but is believed to have been an older man of Hispanic, Asian or Caucasian descent. He had a hip replacement and spinal surgery, as well as a tattoo of a tiger on his left upper arm, according to the sheriff’s office.

He was wearing blue slacks and a thermal top, and there was a Leatherman-brand multi-tool on his belt, sheriff’s officials said. The cause of death is still pending toxicology tests. The body was found by people fishing in the vicinity of Mallard Island, who reported it at 8:49 a.m. Sunday.

The body was recovered by the sheriff’s marine patrol unit, but investigators have not yet determined how long the body was in the water. Anyone with information about the case has been asked to contact the Contra Costa County coroner’s office at (925) 313-2850.

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