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Body of missing California Men’s Colony psychologist found in SLO

Barry MacTarnaghan body was found Thursday. He had been missing since Dec. 13.
Barry MacTarnaghan body was found Thursday. He had been missing since Dec. 13. Courtesy photo

San Luis Obispo police on Thursday discovered the body of a man reported missing since Dec. 13.

At about 11:57 am Thursday, officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the area of Granada and Empleo Street and found Barry MacTarnaghan deceased inside the car.

Police say there were no signs of foul play, and the family has been contacted by San Luis Obispo police detectives.

A police sergeant confirmed Thursday afternoon that MacTarnaghan’s death was the result of suicide.

MacTarnaghan, 49, was a clinical psychologist at the California Men’s Colony.

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Matt Fountain is The San Luis Obispo Tribune’s courts and investigations reporter. A San Diego native, Fountain graduated from Cal Poly’s journalism department in 2009 and cut his teeth at the San Luis Obispo New Times before joining The Tribune as a crime and breaking news reporter in 2014.


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