Cal Poly student found dead had fallen from cliff, family says

Santa Rosa Press DemocratApril 9, 2013 

Giselle Esme Ayala


SANTA ROSA — The Cal Poly student found dead on a beach in Santa Barbara over the weekend fell from a cliff, her family said.

Giselle Ayala, an 18-year-old freshman at Cal Poly, had headed to Isla Vista with university friends. The beachside community of nearly 20,000 had exploded with an additional 15,000 to 18,000 people for an annual spring break party known as Deltopia.

Around 11 p.m. Friday, Ayala left a party to use a bathroom as officers began to break it up, her mother, Cat Ayala, said she has learned from detectives investigating her daughter's death.

The environment apparently became chaotic as the party disbanded, and authorities suspect that as everyone quickly scattered in the dark, Ayala fell from a cliff. Her friends could not find her.

The next morning, a jogger found Ayala's body floating in the surf line off Campus Point, Santa Barbara County sheriff's officials said. Read more at »

Press Democrat Staff Writer Melody Karpinski contributed to this report.

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