A passerby discovered two men dead on Torrance Beach Friday morning, Aug. 30, authorities said.

The pair were found on the sand near Via Riviera at the 300 block of Paseo de la Playa. Paramedics were called to the scene and pronounced them dead.

The cause of death was not known, Torrance Police Sgt. Alexander Martinez said. Investigators found no obvious signs of trauma on the bodies, he said.

About 1:30 p.m., police cleared the scene and said there was no threat to the community.

Nina Akiaten, who comes to Torrance Beach regularly, said she was there at around 7:30 a.m. when authorities were covering the bodies. Akiaten said she saw one of the men, appeared to be in his 30s, laying on a blanket.

“One leg was kind of bent, so it looked like he was just laying there when I saw him,” she said. “But when I got closer there was a guy (covered) on the other side.”

The man that Akiaten saw appeared to be in his 30s, had a beard and wore a red-and-black plaid shirt, she said.

Torrance Beach is usually full of regulars who like to swim and walk, like herself, so to see two bodies on the beach was bizarre, she added.

As detectives and investigators, some in white coveralls, conducted their probe Friday morning, beachgoers only a few hundred feet away from the crime scene set out towels and headed to the waves. Surfers hit the water and a couple of people searched the sand with metal detectors.

A small crowd watched the police activity from the top of the beach near the parking lots. Nearby resident Jamie Mahoney said the beach is usually peaceful and quiet. He’s never witnessed any type of violence, he said.

“This is unusual,” Mahoney said. “This is just your average beach.”

The immediate area around the bodies was closed off for more than six hours while police investigated. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office took the bodies from the beach at around noon, Martinez said. The probe did not lead to street closures.

Contact this reporter at mhixon@tbrnews.com or on Twitter @michaeljhixon.com.

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