Body found in Echo Park Lake; man identified

Police tape near Echo Park Lake boathouse | Holly Hampton

Police tape near Echo Park Lake boathouse | Holly Hampton

ECHO PARK — Police were investigating the discovery of a body this morning in Echo Park Lake. Authorities were called to the lake at 10:50 a.m., said LAPD spokeswoman Rosario Herrera. She did not have any information about how the person died.

Brian Humphrey  with the L.A. Fire Department said the department received a call about a person found in the lake this morning but had no further details.

Pictures taken by one woman showed an area near the lake’s boathouse had been sealed off with police tape.

Update on April 24: The man has been identified as 27-year-old Ramon Piche Beltran, according to Capt. John Kadis with the county coroner. The cause of death has not been determined.  A posting on Facebook said he had been missing since the middle of last week.

Update @ 4:37: p.m.:  Sgt. Rudy Alaniz at the Rampart Division said the victim was a male but had no other details.  He said the body was reported by workers at the park.

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  1. Ramon piche has been missing since 420. Laat seen at the lake if anyone has any info on the identity of the person share it!

  2. My bf and I saw a woman of about 60 on Friday afternoon screaming and storming off away from a man and an RV. On the North side of the lake near the boathouse.

  3. C;mon Eastsider..your “update” is related to a body found in the lake on April 26, 2014!!! No word on the identity has been released anywhere. Nicole has the correct info on Ramon Pinche, his sister has a posting on IG with some interesting info.

    Just spread the proper info, please.

  4. The 60 year old woman was from 2014!

  5. I have footage of the discovery and initial pulling out of the body of any news sources would like to use that.


  7. I’m so sorry for the decease & family. My crew and I from the Dept. of Rec. & Parks, were responsible for the complete restoration of the bridge. It was a great privilege for us, so you can understand my sadness. Echo Park is not alone as a body was found under the pontoon bridge we were working in some years back. Wherever there’s a body of water such as a lake these things happen, glad that it’s not a common occurrence, again so sorry..

  8. anonymous friend

    I received a text a while ago saying that Ramon had been found. Upon receiving that text I started doing some research and found this article. I checked the Coroner’s records and called the police department. The police department said the body had not been identified yet. I texted the initial person again. Their response was that he had been identified by tattoos and driver’s license. It’s terrible no matter who it is. I don’t want to believe it’s Ramon but it’s looking like it might be.

  9. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Ramon. He was an extraordinary student athlete (tennis team) from Belmont HS. He left way too soon. He was so full of energy and adventure! RIP Ramon. Stephanie all my prayers to you and your family. Joyce Curran

  10. I believe since it was mentioned on fb that his items including his shoes and phone were returned to his family he may have been dunking his feet in the lake and slipped in I feel it was accidental

  11. This is terribly sad. Have the police discovered how this poor soul passed away?

    My condolences to his family and friends.

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