Crime

Woman’s body found in Santa Maria Riverbed; death called ‘suspicious’

Investigators search the Santa Maria Riverbed on Monday, a day after a woman’s body was found there. Sheriff’s officials are calling the death “suspicious.”
Investigators search the Santa Maria Riverbed on Monday, a day after a woman’s body was found there. Sheriff’s officials are calling the death “suspicious.”

A woman’s body discovered in the Santa Maria Riverbed is being investigated as suspicious, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday.

The remains were found about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, but the Sheriff’s Department did not release information about the discovery until Monday afternoon.

“No additional information will be released at this time regarding this incident due to the active investigation and until next of kin is notified,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said in a written statement.

The Criminal Investigations Division is looking into the death as suspicious, but authorities did not say why they labeled it that way.

Forensics Unit personnel spent Monday processing the scene, Hoover said, who added that Search and Rescue Team members also looked for evidence in the riverbed.

The name of the victim won’t be released until family members are notified, Hoover said.

Additional information, including the woman’s age or other circumstances surrounding the discovery and investigation, was not released.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at jscully@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz.

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