Third body in Malibu Canyon

Man found near Piuma Road



Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Homicide Bureau say they are investigating the discovery of a dead body July 27 in the 12000 block of Piuma Road in Malibu.

The Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station received a call at 11:30 a.m. last Friday notifying them of a body seen on an embankment to the side of the road. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said the corpse has not been identified and an autopsy is pending.

Malibu Search and Rescue was called to retrieve the body, which lay a short distance down the embankment and in the early stages of decomposition. Search and rescue team members arrived on scene in the afternoon and stayed until midnight.

First reports said the body was in the 24300 block of Piuma Road, but the location was later changed.

It is the third death discovered in the Malibu Canyon area within the past three months.

On May 16 the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was called to the 1600 block of Las Virgenes Canyon—only a few miles away from the Piuma Road incident—after a man’s body was discovered in a drainage ditch. Investigators ruled the death a homicide, and the autopsy showed the victim, 52-year-old Francisco Reynaldo Cruz, was killed by sharp force injuries to the neck and chest, as well as from a blunt force injury to the head.

It remains unclear if Reynaldo was killed where his body was found or if the crime occurred somewhere else.

On June 22, deputies from the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station responded to an early morning report of gunfire at Malibu Creek State Park. Upon arriving deputies discovered Tristan Beaudette, a 35-year-old resident of Irvine, dead from at least one bullet wound.

Beaudette was camping with his daughters, ages 2 and 4, when he was shot in the head. The children were uninjured.

Authorities are not saying if the three deaths are related.