Sheriff’s investigators have positively identified a man found dead on the beach near Smith River Dec. 29 as Steve Jayson Myers, 56, a homeless man from the Smith River Area.

“After the post-mortem examination, we are officially investigating the case as a homicide,” said Sheriff’s Cmdr. Bill Steven, last week. The body was discovered by a female jogger at about 10 a.m. on the beach just west of the cemetery.

Investigators had previously been undecided as to whether the death was natural or suspicious.

Steven said Myer was not known to local law enforcement and may have been living in a tent near his car, which was parked in the area at the time of discovery.

Steven did not give a determination of the cause of death and said detectives are continuing to follow leads in the case.

Anyone with information should contact the sheriff’s office at 707-464-4191.