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Malibu kitchen worker identified, autopsy set for Wednesday

March 21, 2012 |  9:14 am

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Authorities have identified a kitchen worker who was mysteriously discovered lying dead in a pool of blood in front of the Malibu restaurant where he worked.

Coroner’s officials say an autopsy on the body of Carlos Ivan Rodas, 32, of Los Angeles is scheduled for Wednesday, and the results could end speculation on the man’s cause of death.

Authorities found Rodas dead Sunday night in front of Guido’s restaurant on Cross Creek Road after the restaurant manager said he sent Rodas outside to throw out the trash.

Coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said Tuesday the death “evidently was not a shooting,” and said the man may have died from natural causes.

Initially, investigators had said in a statement that they believed the man had been brutally beaten at the rear of the building before staggering to the front door.

Violent crime is rare in Malibu. LA Times Homicide Report said there has not been a homicide within a two-mile radius of the restaurant since Jan. 1, 2007.   

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--Matt Stevens

Twitter.com/mattstevenslat

Map shows approximate location of where Carlos Ivan Rodas was found dead.

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