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Venice Beach murder mystery endures: Who buried a man in the sand?

August 21, 2009 | 11:13 am
The area at Venice Beach where Nathan Morgan was found beaten and half buried in the sand in March 2008. Credit: Anthony Pesce / Los Angeles Times.

One year later, Los Angeles Police Department detectives are still trying to sort out a murder mystery on Venice Beach.

Who killed a man found buried in a mound of sand along the boardwalk? The Times' Homicide Report has taken a new look at the case:

Nathan Morgan, who was found beaten to death March 10, 2008 in Venice. Credit: Family photo

Nathan Alan Morgan was found beaten to death and buried under a mound of sand shortly before 8 a.m. on March 10, 2008. Morgan’s battered body was discovered by a Parks and Recreation employee in an area of Venice Beach known as the drum circle. Paramedics called to the scene pronounced him dead. More than a year after his killing, the circumstances surrounding his death remain hazy. Morgan's body was discovered just hours after he had been treated in Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center's emergency room for an injury to his left elbow. Coroner’s records show that he told hospital officials he had hurt himself while “doing gymnastics drunk.”

Read the full story here.

-- Anthony Pesce, in Venice

Photo: Anthony Pesce / Los Angeles Times