A 26-year-old Nipomo woman was found dead of a stab wound to her neck early Wednesday morning, and her boyfriend was detained for questioning by investigators, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.
The identities of the woman and her boyfriend, who were living together, have not yet been released pending the ongoing investigation.
No arrests had been announced in connection to the incident as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The incident is being called a “suspicious death at this time,” said sheriff’s spokesman Tony Cipolla.
Deputies responded to a home in the 600 block of Pomeroy Road after receiving a 911 call at about 3 a.m., Cipolla said. When they arrived, the woman was found dead with the wound to her neck.
Cipolla said he didn’t know if the knife had been recovered by detectives.
The Sheriff’s Office conducted interviews with multiple witnesses, Cipolla said. Some of the statements revealed conflicting information, he said.
The two were living together in the Nipomo home with family members, including the victim’s mother and her boyfriend. It’s unclear how many people live in the home. All of the residents are adults, Cipolla said.
The residence is in a rural area on a main Nipomo thoroughfare about a half mile from Nipomo Regional Park.
About 15 people, most of them family members, according to the Sheriff’s Office, gathered outside the Nipomo home Wednesday morning where the stabbing took place, talking quietly amongst themselves. Family members declined to comment to the media.
Forensics investigators collected physical evidence from the scene of the incident.
Cipolla said Wednesday that an autopsy of the woman’s body would be conducted.