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Homeless man found dead in water off Hermosa Beach

December 25, 2011 |  4:12 pm

L.A. County sheriff's detectives are investigating the death of a homeless man whose body was found  in the ocean about a mile off the coast of Hermosa Beach.

The man was identified Sunday as Michael Lee Gilbert, a 56-year-old transient, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene Thursday evening.

The cause of death is pending, said coroner's investigator Jerry McKibben.

The Sheriff's Department asks that anyone with information on the case contact investigators at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be made to "Crime Stoppers" at (800) 222-TIPS.

-- Lisa Girion