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.

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