The burned body found in Santa Margarita on Sunday is that of a 15-year-old Santa Barbara County girl, authorities said Wednesday.
Sheriff’s Department spokesman Rob Bryn would not release the teenager’s name, saying that investigators were still trying to contact a family member who was out of state. He also would not disclose additional details about her death.
Autopsy results are pending, but five people have been arrested in connection with her suspected murder.
The five were arraigned on murder charges via video conference Wednesday afternoon. That arraignment is scheduled to continue in San Luis Obispo Superior Court today.
Firefighters found the teenager’s charred remains shortly after 5 a.m. off Parkhill Road, in a remote area south of Highway 58 about six miles east of Santa Margarita, Bryn said.
Four people were arrested on suspicion of murder Sunday. They are Jason Adam Greenwell, 20, Frank Jacob York, 19, and Rhonda Maye Wisto, 47, all of Nipomo; and Ty Michael Hill, 28, of Santa Maria. All are being held in County Jail without bail.
Twenty-year-old Cody Lane Miller of Fresno was the fifth person to be arrested. He was booked into County Jail at 1 p.m. Monday. Before his booking, Miller under guard while being treated at a local hospital, Bryn said.
Miller was hospitalized because of injuries he received from other people at the site of the fire, Bryn said.
The discovery of the body near Santa Margarita “does not necessarily mean that’s where the homicide took place,” Bryn said.
In an earlier interview, Bryn said that teams of investigators, through interviews with potential witnesses and suspects, were able to trace a vehicle seen leaving the area to a home in the South County, where three of Sunday’s four arrests were made.
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