The circumstances surrounding Pennington's death are unclear. The Baja California state attorney general's office released a report March 24 of a man's body found on the beach at Playas de Tijuana; he had been stabbed numerous times.
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Mexican press reports described the victim as a red-haired American, believed to be about 20 years old, dressed in a blue striped shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. The description generally matches that of Pennington.