Human Remains Found Inside Plastic Drum in Chula Vista

Human Remains Found Inside Plastic Drum in Chula Vista

The decomposed body was found stuffed inside a 55-gallon drum attached to a cinder block, drifting about 200 feet from the shore Thursday, police said.

A man, who was cleaning his boat, called police at 12:22 p.m. Thursday when he saw a metal drum floating on the surface of the bay.

Officer believed there were human remains inside due to the smell from the barrel, police said. The container appeared to have chains but was not chained to the ocean floor, and when authorities arrived, it was towed to the Chula Vista Marina off J Street and Marina Parkway.

The age and gender of the person was unknown, Chula Vista police Capt. Eric Thunberg said.

"This is not normal", Thunberg said. "We have a body crammed inside a barrel, that is not normal".

Police said they inititally received a report of a floating barrel in the same area around 10:30 a.m., but weren't able to find it or contact the person who initially reported it. When it was opened, human remains were found inside.

Albert Molina's friend, 28-year-old Omar Medina, was last seen in Chula Vista September 30th.