WEATHER »
Adan Cervantes Ruiz

Adan Cervantes Ruiz


Dead Man Found Near Highway 154 Identified

Gunshot Wound Killed 23-Year-Old Adan Cervantes


Authorities have identified the body found early Monday morning off Highway 154 as 23-year-old Adan Cervantes Ruiz, who died from a gunshot wound, according to an autopsy performed Tuesday. Santa Barbara Sheriff’s detectives have determined the death is a homicide and believe it occurred elsewhere.

The Sheriff’s Department was called at around 4 a.m. Monday morning by a passing motorist who spotted a man in a sleeping bag about 20 feet off Highway 154 west of Los Olivos, roughly one mile east of Highway 101. It was in the driveway of a ranch property at 3220 Highway 154.

Detectives believe Ruiz had ties to Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and Riverside Counties, and are asking for anyone with information about Ruiz - including residences, employment, and activity leading up to his death - to call (805) 934-6170.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Push Comes to Shove Between Law Enforcement and Mental Health

County supervisors confront too many needs with not enough money.

Helicopter Hits Electrical Wires, Starts Small Fire

A crop duster hit power lines in Ellwood Canyon.

County Accountant Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $2 Million

Forensic audit discovers almost 300 false invoices filed over nine years.

Los Padres ForestWatch Opposes Logging in Condor Country

Timber companies target 2,800 acres of trees near Mt. Pinos along the Tecuya Ridge.

Lawmakers Move to Impede Offshore Oil Leases

A pair of bills aim to counter the federal government's new push for production.