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Autopsy Reveals Clues to Found Body

Sheriff’s Department Asking for Help to Identify Man


The results of an autopsy performed on the burned body found Thursday, July 15 alongside Highway 101 about six miles south of Buellton may help authorities identify the body, officials from the Sheriff’s Department said.

According to a release from the department, the man’s body had a deformed left hand, considered “underdeveloped” and only having three fingers. The abnormality existed prior to the fire; it could have been a birth defect or a result of an accident. The man also wore dentures, but his age and ethnicity are still unknown.

The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Coroner’s Bureau performed the autopsy Friday, July 16.

Detectives are still investigating the situation and are asking for any information about the identity of the man. They ask that anyone who may be able to identify the body to contact them at (805) 934-6170 or the anonymous tip line at (805) 681-4171.

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