A severely decomposed body, to the point where authorities cannot confirm the sex of it, was found by a couple of tourists on Sunday, near Highway 1 a mile south of Stinson Beach.

As the Marin IJ reports, the body likely did not wash on shore, and it had been there a while. A spokesperson for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area explains, "It's not on the beach or in the water. It's above the water such that it is not presumed that it washed in." They also add that this is "a body that probably has been out there a while," and while they're presuming that it belonged to an adult male, the sex can not be confirmed until an autopsy is performed.

It was first discovered by two tourists from Switzerland who didn't speak much English, and was reported to U.S. Park Police around noon, Sunday. The area where it was discovered is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The case is under investigation by U.S. Park Police.

[Marin IJ]