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'Weekend At Bernie's'-Like Scene Unfolds in MDR

Authorities called to an apartment complex in Marina Del Rey last night discovered the body of a man slumped on a third-floor balcony. The deceased, said to be about 75, had suffered a gunshot wound, thought to be self-inflicted. The twist: Neighbors had seen the body, in plain view, over the much of the week but dismissed it as a Halloween prop.

Austin Raishbrook, director of RMG News, said he heard the report of a body broadcast on a Sheriff's frequency about 5:30 p.m. yesterday and went to the scene at 13914 Bora Bora Way to shoot stringer video himself.

A man's body was slumped on this balcony; neighbors thought it was a Halloween decoration.
A man's body was slumped on this balcony; neighbors thought it was a Halloween decoration.
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"One neighbor said

he saw the body on Monday but didn't do anything about it because It looked

like a Halloween prop," Raishbrook told LA Weekly. "You could see the body in plain view on the

third floor. It did look unreal."

He says someone finally did call authorities -- likely because "blood had dripped from the third floor to two balconies below. It wasn't

a pleasant scene."

"It did look like a dummy," he says. "I do have some

gruesome video."

Officials told Raishbrook, he says, that the fatal wound appeared to be self-inflicted.

"A

couple of women walked passed with stollers," he said. "They couldn't believe it

happened in the neighborhood. There was disbelief."