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Woman's Body Recovered From Beach

Jan 26, 2024 09:44PM ● By Mb News Staff

The Manhattan Beach Strand and bike path were briefly shut down on Friday morning while police investigated the death of a young woman. Screenshot from video shared by Pete Halvorsen.

A young woman's body was recovered on the sand near the Manhattan Beach Pier on Friday morning, after having been reported missing. She had last been seen in the early morning hours  at the water's edge.

The L.A. County Medical Examiner's office identified the victim as Jennifer Hanie, age 31. The cause of death was listed as deferred, meaning that it was pending additional investigation.

The Strand and the bike path were briefly shut down between the Manhattan Beach Pier and 15th Street while Los Angeles County Lifeguards, Manhattan Beach Fire Department, and Manhattan Beach Police Department officials investigated. 

Neighbors told Manhattan Beach News that the woman and friends had been staying in a rental house in the 2300 block of the Strand.

On Friday afternoon, following the investigation, the Manhattan Beach Police Department released the following statement:

On January 26, 2024, at approximately 6:41 a.m., Manhattan Beach Police Department (MBPD) officers were dispatched to the 2300 block of the Strand regarding a missing person report. The reporting party stated he last saw his girlfriend near the water line. The reporting party and his friends searched for the female, and when they could not find her, they called MBPD. The MBPD immediately opened an investigation and checked with surrounding agencies for reports matching the missing person’s description. The Los Angeles County Lifeguards and the United States Coast Guard conducted searches of the beach and ocean.

At approximately 10:13 a.m., MBPD officers were notified by Los Angeles County Lifeguards a deceased female was discovered on the sand near the 1300 block of the waterline. The female was positively identified by officers through photographs as well as next of kin as the missing person.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Klosowski (310) 802-5123.

Although not necessarily a factor, Wednesday night was a full moon, which generally means higher tides and larger swells. The tide was still higher than normal on Thursday night going into Friday morning, and Friday morning's high tide would have been reached its peak at 9:04 a.m.

The L.A. County Lifeguards have repeatedly warned ocean-goers this winter of the dangers of elevated surf and the risks of rip currents. Swimmers are advised to know their abilities and to exercise extreme caution.

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