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Woman’s body found in Santa Maria Riverbed identified

Investigators search the Santa Maria Riverbed on Monday, October 2, 2017, a day after the body of 47-year-old Lucinda Marie Gouin was found there.
Investigators search the Santa Maria Riverbed on Monday, October 2, 2017, a day after the body of 47-year-old Lucinda Marie Gouin was found there.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has identified the woman who was found dead Sunday night in the Santa Maria Riverbed.

About 9:30 p.m. Sunday, authorities discovered the body of 47-year-old Lucinda Marie Gouin of Santa Maria, and they investigated her death as suspicious.

According to a release from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, an autopsy was conducted Wednesday and determined Gouin “did not have any physical trauma to her body.”

The cause and manner of death is undetermined, and toxicology and lab results are pending, the release said.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said the death is being investigated as a suspicious death because detectives “do not know the circumstances leading up to her death, but the autopsy indicated no physical trauma to her body.”

Gouin, who also was known as Lucinda Owens or Lucinda Luker, reportedly had ties to Louisiana and San Luis Obispo County.

The investigation is ongoing, Hoover said.

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