Man found in flood channel was strangled, Garden Grove PD says


A man found dead in a water channel Dec. 1 died of strangulation, and Garden Grove Police on Tuesday asked the public for any information about the suspicious death.

Michael Giordano, 46, had been dead for about a week when a person on a walk at 9:29 a.m. found his decomposed body wedged around a concrete support pier of the Yorkshire Avenue and Mac duff Street vehicular crossing of the Anaheim Barber water channel, according to a Garden Grove PD news release.

Giordano, who frequented motels in Garden Grove and Anaheim along Harbor Boulevard, was clad in women’s jeans and Vans sneakers. He was 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 150 pounds.

Because of the condition of the body, no identification immediately could be made. A DNA profile later was obtained and led to the positive identification.

An autopsy determined the cause of death as strangulation, according to the news release.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Garden Grove Police Department Detective Maciel at 714-741-5824.

A second picture of the victim.

A second picture of the victim. Photos: Garden Grove PD