Two bodies found in tent at campground south of Hwy. 58

newsroom@thetribunenews.comJune 13, 2013 

Two bodies were found Thursday afternoon in this tent at La Panza campground in the Los Padres National Forest west of the Carrizo Plain and south of Highway 58.


UPDATE 10:25 p.m.: Two bodies found around 2 p.m. Thursday inside a tent at the La Panza campground had likely been there for some time, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office.

The bodies were badly decomposed, authorities said, but the deaths didn't appear to be suspicious in nature.

Investigators are working to determine the victims' identities as well as the cause and manner of death.

Original story: Authorities are on the way to remote La Panza campground south of Highway 58 on Thursday afternoon to investigate a report of two bodies found in a tent, said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla.

A camp host reported the discovery. Cal Fire, U.S. Forest Service, a CHP helicopter and Sheriff's Office personnel are all responding, according to emergency radio traffic.

The campground is in a part of Los Padres National Forest accessible via Red Hill Road, west of the Carrizo Plain and about five miles south of Highway 58.

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