Hikers Discover Body of Homeless Man on Laguna Beach Trail

The cause of death has not been established and is pending an autopsy.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

From a Laguna Beach Police Department press release:

At 8:30 a.m. today, two hikers found the body of a deceased male on the Willow Canyon Trail located within the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.

They immediately called “911” and kept others out of the area until officers arrived on scene.

At this point, the cause of death has not been established and is pending an autopsy by the Orange County Coroner’s Office.

Laguna Beach Detectives are continuing to investigate the death and will release additional information once the autopsy has been completed and the next of kin have been notified.

The victim is only being described as a 44 year old Laguna Beach homeless male.

Laguna Beach Resident June 30, 2014 at 09:10 PM
You are right, Kellie, there are some good ones who really need us, but the bad ones outnumber them and ruin it for everyone. Unfortunately, the man who passed on the trail was not one of the good ones who was trying to better his life. I thought maybe I was being judgmental and this person was trying to turn their life around.... with all the wonderful resources Laguna Beach provides. Turns out he was arrested last month in Orange County, with bail and a court date. You can look it all up. Not feeling so bad anymore.
Kellie June 30, 2014 at 10:35 PM
Thank you for the information Laguna Beach resident, it's not the few good ones I'm thinking of glad it's not them. Sorry for calling you insensitive.
Garth Milan July 01, 2014 at 12:21 AM
I couldn't agree more with Laguna Beach Resident. I have always leaned towards being compassionate/helping people out, much to the dismay of most of my friends that couldn't care less. However, I am simply at the end of my rope with helping the homeless people that have collected in Laguna Beach. One of the most infuriating things is how everyone in Laguna wants to jump in and feel good about helping the homeless... As long as it's in the Canyon, where they don't live. Let's see what they say when we move the shelter next to their house?? (Let's move the shelter to Three Arch Bay!) I do live in the Canyon, and have seen the people Laguna Beach Resident describes. Unlike the day laborers, who are just trying to work hard and make an honest living, we have rolled out the red carpet for these people, and they are taking advantage. They just want to get drunk and high all day, get shuttled down to Main Beach, and beg for money from hard-working people like me. I'm completely over it. That's not to say I don't feel bad about the poor guy who passed away in the canyon last week, but come on... It happened in one of our few parks in Laguna, right across the street from a freaking school!! I hate to assume, but my money is on the fact that this man did not pass away from natural causes at age 44. That said, are we going to keep putting our residents (including our children at school) in danger with these people so we can feel good about "helping out"? Ridiculous. I could go on and on ... Bottom line, if we keep being the enablers, they will keep on coming, and we'll continue to have problems.
Lorene Laguna July 03, 2014 at 01:18 AM
In every society there is a level of accountability for those able bodied citizens to work to provide for themselves~Homeless should not be exempt. Sobriety should be expected of all those staying at ASL. There is community service or a business could be created for the ASL to participate in such as a community organic garden to sell produce at the farmers market. A free range chicken ranch for eggs to sell or perhaps a car wash. A return to the dignity of work in social productivity programs during the daytime to keep homeless from aimlessly wandering the streets. If someone need a bed and meal-they should be expected to work just like the rest of us. There was a time and place when homeless were productive citizens. To place burden on others is unfair. We must all be responsible for ourselves as adults. There is a way to create a system to for homeless to care and produce value for themselves and not be a chronic burden on society. We all must work everyday! Studies show those who have purposeful work in life are most likely to turn their lives around. Some prefer to not take responsibility for themselves and they should not expect others to provide for their basic needs on a permanent basis. They should be expected to participate in a work program to give back for the help they receive. HOMELESSNESS should never be permanent state of life. Lending a helping hand and enabling are two different ideas.


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