Last Thursday morning, April 30, the body of Richard Howard Liams Swink was found lying on the sidewalk outside of the Ocean Beach library on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. Injuries to his abdomen and chest seemed to indicate that he had been stabbed to death.
Swink’s body was discovered at around 6 a.m. by a passing bicyclist who went to the nearby Arco gas station and had the attendant call 911.
Swink had no personal possessions nearby and was not wearing shoes. Early in the morning, a man was taken into custody for questioning but was later released. Police say they have no other leads in the case.
Due to the crime scene’s close proximity to Ocean Beach Elementary school (across the street), many parents were upset that the body was not covered during the investigation, which lasted about four hours.