CARSON (CBS) — A body found in the Dominguez Channel in Carson has been identified as that of a 23-year-old man reported missing 11 days ago.

Coroner’s investigators identified the body as that of Elgin Olu Stafford, who until recently was pursing a master’s degree in public diplomacy at USC.

elgin stafford1 Missing Carson Mans Body Found In Dominguez Channel

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Stafford was last seen leaving his residence in the 20000 block of Campaign Drive in the early hours of March 20.

His body was found Thursday between Avalon Boulevard and 213th Street, but it was unclear how he died.

The man’s family told police Stafford had been exhibiting erratic behavior, and reported he was under a great deal of stress.

Stafford, a graduate of UC Berkeley, reportedly worked as a intern to Rep. Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, last summer.

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Comments (11)
  1. lorena says:

    my prayers and deepest condolences to the family…. rest in peace… god give the family strength,comfort,peace in their heart and abundance in life … sorry for your loss

  2. AnonymousChild says:

    It’s sad that all of the young black people are dieing and really haven’t had a life yet to live. And It’s disheartining, that only makes youwonder why is majority of black people dieing with no reason at all, Well hopefully they will find out what was the cause of this young black mans death so we all can understand what really happend to him. If there is a follow up with this media.

    1. LovedOne says:

      there is a reason. rejection for being gay. rejection for having mental turmoil. rejection for not fitting into the mold of the world. the solution is love for all.

      1. TJ says:

        Can you PLEASE contact me? Please! (

  3. NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE! says:

    I know why so many Africa Americans are dying! Because the White-Man is the devil!

  4. James says:

    Schizophrenia tends to emerge in young men in their early 20’s. Such a shame that something took the life of this young, educated man.

  5. loving christian says:

    So sad he was rejected and harrased by his own parents, sisters and family members for being gay. I hope you guys are happy now no one showed him unconditional love but hate. He is at peace and hope when you guys sleep at night you will see his face. Fake christians!!!!!

    1. TJ says:

      Howdy, Would you mind contacting me?! I’d super appreciate it

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