Two Bodies Retrieved from Estuary, Lagoon

Courtesy photo  Officials from the Alameda County Coroner’s Office investigate a body found in the lagoon near Broadway and La Jolla Drive last Saturday morning.

Two Bodies Retrieved from Estuary, Lagoon


The remains of two different people were retrieved from different bodies of water in and near Alameda last weekend.

The first retrieval occurred the morning of Friday, April 28, on the 1700 block of Embarcadero. Oakland Police Department (OPD) officers received a report at 8:25 a.m. that a man’s body was floating in the Oakland Estuary just off The Embarcadero. 

The man, who was later identified as Kevin Mulholland, 48, of Alameda, was unresponsive when authorities first made contact with his body, according to OPD officials. Mulholland’s body was transported to the Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau. A cause of death had not been determined as of Tuesday, May 2, according to the bureau. However, OPD said there were no indications the death was suspicious.

The second body was retrieved the following day in a lagoon just north of the 300 block of Broadway.

The Alameda Police Department (APD) received a call at 8:44 a.m. on Saturday, April 29. APD officers arrived at the scene and discovered the unresponsive man in the water. 

APD retrieved the body with assistance from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. The deceased was also transported to the coroner’s bureau. APD officials have not determined the cause of death, but are investigating it as suspicious until the coroner determines otherwise.

The identity of the deceased is being withheld, along with additional information, by the bureau because his next of kin has not yet been notified. Efforts to get in contact with his family members are ongoing. 

This is the second time a body has been retrieved in Alameda this year. The Alameda Fire Department (AFD) water rescue team responded to a report that Jarnail Singh lost control of his taxi and drove into a waterway near Doolittle Drive and Langley Street on Jan. 8.  

The rescue team evacuated Singh, 57, from his vehicle. He was unconscious and transported to Highland Hospital where he died later that day. The vehicle was also retrieved from the waterway. 

Oakland Fire Department also helped to retrieve the body. 

The lagoon where the second body was retrieved, is called Lagoon 4 of the Alameda West Lagoon. The Alameda West Lagoon is comprised of five sections located on the Main Island. It covers approximately four miles. According to neighbors, the gates connecting the five sections have been opened for maintenance, and as such, the body could have floated in from one of the other sections.