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Man found dead in surf at Santa Monica beach identified

June 6, 2012 |  7:17 am

Santa Monica police and Los Angeles County lifeguards blocked off a stretch of beach where a body was discovered Tuesday morning.

A homeless man found in the surf along the Santa Monica beach Tuesday has been identified.

A passerby flagged down a parking enforcement officer near Nielsen Way and Marine Street about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, saying a body was on the beach near the water, said Sgt. Richard Lewis of the Santa Monica Police Department.

Lifeguards and police were then called to the scene where they found the body of a man wearing beach shorts and a shirt. The Los Angeles County coroner's office later identified him as 42-year-old Paul William Nolder.

Lewis said there were no obvious signs of trauma or foul play, but a coroner's spokeswoman said Wednesday morning that an autopsy had yet to be scheduled.

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Photo: Santa Monica police and Los Angeles County lifeguards blocked off a stretch of beach where a body was discovered Tuesday morning. Credit: KTLA

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