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Police Identify Man Found Dead on Santa Barbara’s Westside

By Lara Cooper, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @laraanncooper |

The identity of a man found dead on New Year’s Day has been released, but law enforcement officials are remaining mum on the details surrounding what may have happened to him.

Daniel Toohey, 41, of Santa Barbara, was found dead after emergency personnel responded to a hillside near Micheltorena and San Pascual streets about 6:45 p.m. on Jan. 1.

The man’s name and age were confirmed Tuesday by Sgt. Mark Williams of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.

Williams said the case is still under investigation by the Sheriff’s Department as well as the Santa Barbara Police Department, and could not release any more information.

Last week, Santa Barbara police Sgt. Riley Harwood told Noozhawk that Toohey had a connection to a Westside address but may have been homeless.

Sgt. Jill Beecher told Noozhawk then “there was nothing real suspicious” about the situation, but that a detective was called in to rule out foul play.

Toohey’s remains were turned over to the Santa Barbara County Coroner’s Office for autopsy, Beecher said.

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» on 01.08.13 @ 10:12 PM

Many hours prior to this body being found, early in the morning, several 911 callers reported seeing a man walking and crawling northbound on the freeway south of this location.

Fire Department and AMR were dispatched to the scene and could not find the person.  FD was called back a second time due to additional phone calls reporting seeing the person.  A second time FD looked bud did not locate the person. 
It is unknown if FD, AMR, and CHP only looked on the freeway, or if they attempted to search more carefully along the fence lines, brush, hills or adjacent streets. 

More information on the earlier report of a man down in the freeway, and discussion of the 2 events is on edhat.com




» on 01.10.13 @ 01:39 AM

SAD!!! This reminds me of the time a few years ago, I was coming back from picking up a friend from the L.A. airport, it was around 1:30 AM we were passing the exit before El Sueno rd. I noticed a body in between the exit, I drove by very slow & saw a body, nude, I thought I saw a beard because of the hair around the face, wearing red panties? I wanted to stop but my niece who came along with me was afraid; so I called 911 chp & I told them there is a body on the road,she asked if it was a rug,dog or some piece of furniture! I said no its a body!!! She said she would send someone. I called a half of an hour later & asked if someone was sent she said not yet! I called 2 hours later and she said no! Not until the morning did someone go & check! By that time OMG! Later that day I found out it was run over so much they had to redo the area! It was an only daughter of a family! She was 19? A friend of mine told me she was driving back from dancing & got off on that exit & thought she run over a dog, when her husband washed the van HE said this was no dog! I am sure all of the drivers were drinking because they said it was a foggy night! It was not. I think when someone reports a body or someone is seen they should do their job & search. It seems as if people are getting lazy these days & don’t bother to do their job.

» on 01.10.13 @ 02:33 AM

You are exactly right, Lynnda.

The problem is there is NO accountability for such things.

FD and PD are heros and do a great job most of the time, but when they mess up and don’t investigate a body or injured person, there is near ZERO accountability in this town.

Will the news media connect the dots?  Will they do the most important part of their job they can do as journalists?

We shall see if any of the print media, KEYT, or Noozhawk will follow up on this.

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