Authorities Identify Alisal Ranch Body as Missing Man

Kurt Brimberry Mysteriously Disappeared After a Traffic Accident on August 18

Authorities have identified the body found in the lake area of the Alisal Guest Ranch as Kurt Brimberry, the man who went missing after crashing his vehicle into a tree near the property on August 18.

Brimberry’s body was found Wednesday morning by a ranch employee. The cause of death is under investigation and could take several weeks to determine, according to Sheriff’s spokesperson Sergeant Mark Williams.

Kurt Brimberry
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Kurt Brimberry

Authorities were perplexed to find 55-year-old Brimberry’s vehicle abandoned shortly after it crashed into a tree near Nojoqui Park on August 18. A short time after the collision, a passerby reported seeing a man matching Brimberry’s description walking on Alisal Road toward the ranch, but a search team of a helicopter, dogs, and the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team could not find anyone. Brimberry, from San Marino, had left his cell phone in the vehicle.

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