body found

UPDATE: October 8, 2014 at 2:05 p.m.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office released the identity of the Carpinteria resident whose body was found in the Carpinteria Salt Marsh on Saturday morning.

The decedent is 63-year-old Michael George Ornelas. 

"Following a criminal and a coroner’s investigation, the Sheriff’s Office has determined that Ornelas died from an apparent suicide," Spokesperson Kelly Hoover said in a message to the media.

Original Story:

NPS - Tyler Bight

Officials with Channel Islands National Park are reporting the discovery of an unidentified body found in a cove, just above the most recent high tide line.

Yvonne Menard is with the park service and says it was found on San Miguel Island which was closed to the public this past spring by the Department of Defense for safety reasons.

A cropped version from Flickr member: Ryosuke Yagi

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office is investigating the death of a University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) student whose body was found Sunday morning on the beach in Isla Vista.

The victim has been identified as 20-year-old Sierra Markee-Winkler of Eureka, who was attending UCSB and lived in Isla Vista.

Around 7:00 a.m., a bicyclist discovered Markee-Winkler on the shore below the 6800 block of Del Playa Drive and called 9-1-1, the sheriff's department said.