Mendocino County sheriff's investigators were examining the death of a Fort Bragg man found at Pudding Creek Beach.
The Fort Bragg beach was a favorite spot for Joshua Micah Greenwalt, 41, family members told investigators.
When he wasn't home Friday morning, his parents went to the beach to look for him, sheriff's officials reported.
They found his body at about noon, in a shallow area of Pudding Creek.
The Coroner's Office is investigating the cause of death, and an autopsy is expected to be conducted early this week.