Detectives examine the body of the possible murder victim shielded from view by partitions
Kelsey Brugger

[UPDATE, 2 p.m.]: Police spokesperson Sgt. Riley Harwood said the victim has been identified as a 40-year-old homeless male, but he said the man’s name is not being released. Harwood said the incident remains under investigation and police aren’t disclosing any more details at this time.

[ORIGINAL REPORT]: Santa Barbara police are investigating a possible homicide after the body of a white male in his 30s was discovered near Yanonali and Quarantina streets this morning.

A passerby spotted the body at around 6:50 a.m. and notified a nearby Marborg Industries employee, who called police. There was reportedly a large amount of blood at the scene against the side of a building owned by the waste management company.

Transients often frequent the eastside corridor of the city between the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission and the Casa Esperanza Homeless Center. It’s unclear if the deceased man was homeless or not. Police detectives and investigators with the Department of Justice remain on the scene. No other information was released.

Check back for updates as they become available.


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