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The man found dead in a bathroom near Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara a week ago was identified this Wednesday as 20-year-old John Eugene Venters III, according to Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Raquel Zick.

Venters, who was living in Santa Barbara but was originally from Sierra Vista, Arizona, according to an obituary published by the Neptune Society, was pronounced dead at the scene on September 6 after emergency personnel found him unresponsive and attempted several life-saving measures.

Narcan was used at the scene, but authorities have not confirmed whether drugs were a factor in Venters’s death. “Cause and manner of death are pending,” Zick said.


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