[UPDATED at 5:20 p.m., July 26]
A human femur, fibula, and tibia were found just before 9 a.m. this morning on the shoreline near Campus Point. Authorities suspect the bones belong to the decomposed torso and head found along the nearby Isla Vista shoreline, off Camino Pescadero Park, Tuesday evening.
“Based on the preliminary dental record comparisons, the decedent does not appear to be the missing 17-year-old victim from the 1/9 Debris Flow,” according to a statement from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. Jack Cantin, 17, has been missing since the early morning natural disaster destroyed the Cantin family home on Hot Springs Road. Later that morning, the body of his father, Dave Cantin, was found on the beach near the mouth of Montecito Creek.
“The Sheriff’s Office is working with the Department of Justice to gather DNA evidence and compare the records of missing persons in the Tri-County area,” according to the statement. “As soon as a positive identification is made and next of kin is notified, the Sheriff’s Office will release the identity of the decedent. The Coroner’s Office is conducting an investigation to determine a cause and manner of death.”
[UPDATED AND CORRECTED: 9:35 p.m, July 24] Sheriff deputies and officers with UCSB Police have confirmed a report of human remains discovered in the ocean off Camino Pescadero Park in Isla Vista. “The human remains are in a significant state of decomposition and incomplete,” according to a press release. “Due to the level of decomposition, further determination as to age, sex and the identity of the remains will take time. There were no indications of foul play and the remains were taken to the Santa Barbara County Coroner’s Office.”
Emergency crews arriving about 6 p.m. to a call for an ocean rescue off Isla Vista discovered a body along the shore between the 6500 block of Del Playa Drive and Campus Point. Deputies with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office have taped off the area for investigators.
This story will be updated as details are uncovered.