Man found dead in tent in San Simeon is identified

mfountain@thetribunenews.comApril 15, 2014 

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of a man found deceased in a tent in San Simeon last month.

Brian Joseph Edward Boyer, 58, was discovered March 13 in the Pico Creek area of San Simeon. Boyer's body was found badly decomposed, suggesting he had been dead for more than a month.

He was discovered by tourists hiking through a sheltered area that was not readily visible unless someone walked into it.

The Coroner's Unit of the Sheriff's Office used dental records to identify him and waited until they notified his next of kin before announcing his identity. The cause of death is considered to be from natural causes and foul play is not suspected.

Sheriff’s officials said Boyer was a transient, but an employee at Big Sur California Café in San Simeon said Boyer had worked there as a waiter off and on during the past couple of years, and had earlier worked at a sister restaurant in Gorda.

A 2008 story in The Tribune identifies Boyer as an employee at a Gorda gas station who explained the high prices there by saying, ""You're paying for the view."

An acquaintance said Boyer often sold sea shells and other ocean treasures he found at the shore.


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