Homicide investigation underway at China Camp State Park

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MARIN COUNTY (KRON) – A body was found in China Camp State Park Friday morning and investigators have classified the person’s death as a homicide.

According to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, the body was reported around 8 a.m. in the area of Miwok Meadows, located at 1400 N. San Pedro Road in San Rafael.

“Upon arrival, deputies located a deceased male subject,” said Marin Sheriff Sgt. Brenton Schneider. “Initially it was a suspicious death investigation and we are now investigating this as a homicide.”

Authorities said this area falls under the jurisdiction of California State Parks, who has asked the MCSO to take the lead in this investigation.

Crime tape blocked off a large swath of wooden hillside, all the way down to San Pablo Bay.

North San Pedro Road remained closed as of 2:30 p.m. in both directions as at least 10 sheriff’s detectives and the coroner’s office continued to comb the scene for clues.

When asked if there were any missing person cases that were actively being investigated recently in Schneider said he did not have any information of missing persons being connected to the case.

Regular hikers say Friday’s scene is unusual.

“I’m just surprised. This is a place to go and relax and enjoy the great outdoors,” said hiker, Lex, who didn’t want their last name revealed.

Another hiker said it was unexpected what happened Friday.

“You don’t expect it at a place like China Camp where we rarely kind of see any kind of accident or incident,” they said.

The unidentified victim is described by police as a Hispanic man, between 20 and 30-years-old, between 5-foot-8-inches and 6-feet tall.

The sheriff’s office said the victim weighs between 140-160 pounds.

“We are asking though that any residents living on North San Pedro or Point San Pedro Road with video surveillance cameras that face the main roadways to contact us so we can take a look at their video surveillance footage as part of our investigation,” Schneider said.

Those with information on the homicide are asked to contact the Marin County Sheriff.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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