Los Angeles: Vincent Frank Meli was last seen on September 18, 2002, when he left his residence on the 10900 block of Wellworth Avenue. Meli is described as a 23 year-old male Caucasian with dark brown hair, brown eyes, 6’ 2", and weighs approximately 190 pounds. Meli physical condition is described as good, however his family indicates that he may be suffering from depression due to recent job loss.
Meli’s personal property and green 2000 Chevrolet Blazer were recovered by Hermosa Beach Police Department on September 10, 2002. A male suspect was in possession of Meli’s property and vehicle was arrested. The suspect stated he found the property and vehicle unattended at Dockweiler State Beach. The suspect denied any knowledge or involvement in the disappearance of Meli.
Los Angeles County Lifeguards discovered the body of the Missing Person, Vincent Frank Meli, in the ocean off El Segundo on October 9, 2002, at approximately 9:00 a.m., during a routine training exercise. The body was recovered and transported to the Harbor Patrol Station by Los Angeles County Fire and Sheriff Department personnel.
The body was decomposed due to marine life and couldn’t be identified at the time of the recovery. On October 11, 2002, the Los Angeles County Coroners’ Office positively identified the body through dental records.
The cause of death is being investigated by the El Segundo Police Department and the Los Angeles County Coroners’ Office.
This press update was prepared by Public Information Officer Jason Lee, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.