CHOCOLATE MOUNTAINS — The county Coroner's Office on Thursday recovered the body of a man who died after he reportedly stepped on live ordnance in a restricted Naval gunnery range in this area of east Imperial County.
The man was identified as Charles Michael Tuttle, 42, of Perris.
His body was spotted by members of the U.S. Marine Corps late Wednesday as they flew over the gunnery range in the Chocolate Mountains.
Officials from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma said this morning the military is investigating circumstances surrounding the death.
A Marine spokesman said there were no details to release regarding the investigation.
Imperial County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Charles Jernigan said Tuttle was in the gunnery range scrapping for metal.
He did not release specific details of how that conclusion has been reached, stating only that "all indications are that he was scrapping for metal."
County Coroner Investigator Deputy Rick Williams said Tuttle likely died no more than 36 hours before he was found.