Body found in floating suitcase in Lake Merritt

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A body was found floating in a suitcase in Lake Merritt Tuesday morning. 

First responder crews have extricated the body from the lake. 

Just before 11 a.m., the Oakland Police Department received a call reporting a body in the 1900 block of Lakeshore Avenue. 

At the scene, officers found a victim with unknown injuries. 

Oakland PD Homicide Section investigators will be responding to conduct a comprehensive follow-up investigation, police said. The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Police describe the investigation as ongoing.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.