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Detectives Investigating Suspicious Death in Montecito

Montecito, Calif. – Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating a suspicious death in the 900-block of Park Lane. On Friday, May 27, 2022, at approximately 8:29 a.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence with fire and medics for a report of an unresponsive person. When deputies arrived, they found an adult female deceased in the residence with suspicious circumstances. Sheriff’s detectives and forensic technicians responded to the residence to assist with the investigation.

On Wednesday, June 1, 2022, the Coroners Bureau conducted an autopsy of the decedent and made a preliminary determination that the death does not appear natural. The final determination is pending toxicology. The identity of the victim is not yet available for release, pending notification to next-of-kin.

An investigation is underway to determine the circumstances surrounding this death. Due to the active investigation, no additional details are available for release at this time. We will provide updated information as soon as we are able.

Anyone with information that would assist investigators is asked to please contact the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division by calling (805)681-4150. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you can provide information by calling our tip line at (805)681-4171 or online at

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