RICHMOND -- An unidentified man's body was found in a car pulled from the Santa Fe Channel on Thursday afternoon, police said.
Police said the victim was in his 40s, but they were withholding his name pending notification of his next of kin. Foul play is not suspected and the death appears to be an accident, officials said.
"There's nothing to indicate suicide," Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said at the scene, an industrial waterfront loaded with a cluster of old boats.
Fire Chief Michael Banks said the car that entered the water at 800 Wharf St. was a brown 1989 Mercedes-Benz. The registered owner is a Richmond resident, who was unaccounted for as of noon.
Crews responded about 8:15 a.m. to the dock off Canal Boulevard just south of West Cutting Boulevard after someone called 911 to report a car bobbing in the water.
When police and firefighters arrived they found the Mercedes floating upside down. It had somehow fallen off a dock at the end of Wharf Street, Banks said.
Abetkov said it appears the car hit a 2-foot concrete barrier, rode up on to it and then tipped into the water.
It was not known how long the car had been in the water.
Police said the Mercedes was submerged in 15-20 feet of water before a large tow truck pulled it out about 12:10 p.m.
Inside the upside-down vehicle, emergency workers found the body of an unrestrained man laying on the ceiling in the front seat area. The car's windows were all rolled up.
At the scene, police and fire crews used a large green tarp to block the view as they removed the body from the car and wheeled it away.
Neighbors said that less than a dozen people live in the area and that the Mercedes belongs to a man in his 40s who lives alone with his two dogs on a boat near the dock.
Anyone with information about the man's death is asked to call police at 510-233-1214.