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Body found in Nipomo field investigated as a suspicious death

A dead body was found in a broccoli field off Bonita School Rd near Guadalupe.  Volunteers from search and rescue(in orange) search for clues.   photo Jayson Mellom 2-15-10
A dead body was found in a broccoli field off Bonita School Rd near Guadalupe. Volunteers from search and rescue(in orange) search for clues. photo Jayson Mellom 2-15-10 The Tribune

The Sheriff’s Department was investigating the death of a man found Monday morning near a large broccoli field in Nipomo.

The department is calling the unidentified Hispanic male’s death suspicious, and a search and rescue team spent much of the day scouring the agricultural area for clues.

“We’re asking for the public’s help,” Cmdr. Brian Hascall said. “If anybody knows of somebody who’s missing, or what might have happened, we’re asking them to please contact the Sheriff’s Department.”

The body was found along Bonita School Road by a passerby at 6:49 a.m. about a quarter-mile from Division Street amid hundreds of acres of farmland and about a half-mile from the nearest house.

The entrance of Bonita School Road was closed for much of the day as officials conducted their investigation of the crime scene. They reopened the road about 4:10 p.m.

Sheriff’s officials said they were investigating the circumstances and manner of the death.Hascall wouldn’t provide any information about identifying characteristics, including age, physical evidence or condition of the corpse, citing the ongoing investigation.

Hascall also said he didn’t know Monday afternoon who owned the property and referred to the plot simply as private agricultural land.

“Right now we have a lot more questions than answers,” Hascall said.

At midday, a Spanish-speaking investigator arrived and sheriff’s officials said he was planning to speak with some of the farmworkers in the area about what they might know or have seen.

A Spanish-speaking man tending to some of the broccoli told The Tribune that he arrived at 7 a.m. Monday, after police arrived, and hadn’t heard or seen anything unusual. He would not give his name.

Eight farmworkers resting near a small car after a day of work in the fields said they arrived at 7:30 a.m. and didn’t know anything about the death.

A CHP aircraft flew over the crime scene Monday morning to search for clues.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Sheriff’s Department at 781-4553 or Crime Stoppers at 549-STOP.

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