The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that a body found Thursday floating in the Dominguez Channel is that of 23-year-old Elgin Stafford, a former USC graduate student who went missing from his home in Carson on March 20.
A cause of death has not been determined, Lt. Arthur Escamillas said.
According to the Daily Breeze, Stafford’s body was spotted in the channel area between Avalon Boulevard and 213th Street in Carson.
UPDATE (2:40 p.m.): The Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism confirmed that Stafford enrolled in the public diplomacy program in fall 2011 and withdrew from the program and university in January 2012. An earlier version of this post indicated that Stafford was a current graduate student.
UPDATE (10:55 a.m.): Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Jackson issued a statement Saturday morning regarding Stafford’s death.
“We are very sad to learn about the death of Elgin Stafford. He was an important member of the Trojan Family and our hearts and prayers go out to his family,” Jackson said. “Every student is very precious to us and has great potential. We are sorry that Elgin’s life journey has ended in such a tragic way. We will do our best to support his family, friends and the Annenberg school community during this difficult period.”