About 10 weeks after the discovery of a partially decomposed body at Malibu Bluffs Park, sheriff’s officials announced Tuesday they had made an arrest in the case.
“On Jan. 30, 2018, a deceased person was found in the open space west of Bluffs Park in the City of Malibu. The victim was identified as a local homeless man,” described Lt. James Royal of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station in a statement provided to The Malibu Times.
“On April 9, 2018, LA County Sheriff’s Department homicide investigators arrested a 39-year-old homeless man in the death,” Royal’s statement continued. “Eduardo Ray Nunez was arrested by investigators at approximately 2 p.m. He was subsequently charged with murder.
“The suspect is being held at the Malibu/Lost Hills Station Jail with a $2 million bail,” Royal said.
Officials were not able to provide any identification for the victim, though earlier reports stated the victim was a male. There was also no information regarding his cause of death.
The victim’s remains were discovered in January by a park visitor, who “reported a foul odor on the trail and alerted park employees,” Royal described during an interview with The Malibu Times in February. The body was found approximately 75 feet west of the parking lot and off the trail.
The investigation was still ongoing—anyone with information about the case was asked to contact the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station at 818.878.1808.