Crime

Victims of Goleta murder-suicide identified

Two women were found dead Tuesday in what the Sheriff’s Department says is an apparent murder-suicide in Goleta. One of the bodies was located in the garage behind the blue canopy, and the other inside an apartment.
Two women were found dead Tuesday in what the Sheriff’s Department says is an apparent murder-suicide in Goleta. One of the bodies was located in the garage behind the blue canopy, and the other inside an apartment. Noozhawk

UPDATE: Goleta murder-suicide victim’s autopsy results released

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Two women who were found dead in a Goleta apartment complex Tuesday have been identified, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday.

One of the women was identified as 57-year-old Christina Marie Martin of Tampa Bay, Florida. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Martin was the victim of a homicide. Martin’s suspected killer, who then committed suicide, has been identified as 42-year-old Beth Michelle Curnow of Goleta, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The women were longtime acquaintances with Florida ties, and Martin often frequented the Goleta residence, the Sheriff’s Office said.

On Tuesday, deputies responded to the Hollister Village apartments on Aldus Drive shortly after 7 a.m. When they arrived, they found Martin dead in an apartment. Curnow’s body was found in a garage, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office are investigating what led to the murder-suicide, according to a news release, and no further information regarding the case, including how the women died, will be released until an autopsy scheduled for Thursday is completed.

Hours after the murder-suicide was discovered, sheriff’s deputies returned to the Hollister Village apartment complex on multiple reports of shots fired. A large contingent of deputies, CHP officers and UC Santa Barbara officers was dispatched about 10:30 p.m. and set up a perimeter around the building.

Shortly after 11:30 p.m., deputies began going door to door in the building checking on the welfare of residents and eventually determined the reports were unfounded, according to Kelly Hoover, a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman.

Authorities ask anyone with information about the murder-suicide to contact the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at 805-681-4150. Tips can also be left anonymously by either calling 805-681-4171 or visiting www.sbsheriff.org/anonymoustips.html.

Noozhawk.com contributed to this report.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

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