Body of missing Santa Barbara man found in canyon near Lompoc

Sunny Buttler
Sunny Buttler

The body of a Santa Barbara man who went missing June 24 was found in the creek at the bottom of Las Canovas Canyon near Lompoc, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday.

Eric “Sunny” Buttler was discovered Friday by a man who lives nearby, police said. Buttler’s next of kin have been notified.

Buttler, 57, was last seen June 24 in Carpinteria where he stopped overnight for unknown reasons on a road trip from Ojai to Lompoc. In a Facebook post, Buttler’s family said he left Ojai about 5 p.m. June 24; later that evening, he spoke to a close friend on the phone, but that was the last contact any family or friends had with him.

Buttler’s phone was found at a Chevron station in Carpinteria a few days later. And on July 4, his truck was found in an unincorporated area of Santa Maria, according to the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation into the cause and manner of death and no further details were available. If you have any information regarding this case, call the Sheriff’s Office at 805-683- 2724. To leave an anonymous tip, call 805-681-4171. You can also send a tip at www.sbsheriff.org/anonymoustips.html.