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Carlos Ivan Rodas ID'd in bloody Malibu mystery death

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Carlos Ivan Rodas of Los Angeles has been identified as the 32-year-old dishwasher who died mysteriously on Sunday in front of Guido's restaurant in Malibu, where he worked.

Coroner’s officials say an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, and results will likely end speculation about the cause of death. Reports are not expected before Thursday, say officials. 

Conflicting information circulated about the circumstances leading up to the victim being found in a pool of blood in the shopping center at Cross Creek Road and Pacific Coast Highway. 

Early Sheriff's Department indications suggested the man has been shot. Some time after, it was reported he had been beaten brutally by multiple assailants. Later, there was cause to believe he may have died of natural causes.

LASD spokesman Steve Whitmore told KPCC it was not unusual for details to change significantly during the initial stages of an investigation. All possibilities are being considered, he said.

A co-worker of Rodas told KCAL9 he was "a real nice guy" who lived with his mother, and that he came from Central America, the Daily News reports.

Homicide detectives were looking for a man seen in the parking lot of the center shortly before the deceased left the restaurant to empty the trash, and never came back.

The L.A. Times says violent crime is rare in Malibu. Their Homicide Report project shows there has not been a homicide within a two-mile radius of the restaurant since January 2007.