Tuesday, October 16 , 2018, 9:35 pm | Fair 61º

 
 
 
 

Authorities Seek Public’s Help in Identifying Body Found on Nojoqui Grade

Autopsy yields clues about badly burned man along Highway 101

Santa Barbara County sheriff’s detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a severely burned body found alongside Highway 101 about six miles south of Buellton.

About 4:13 a.m. Thursday, the California Highway Patrol responded to the report of a fire off the side of the northbound lanes of Highway 101 on the Nojoqui Grade, 1½ miles north of the Highway 1 exit. Santa Barbara County firefighters also responded and put out the flames.

During this time, a severely burned body of an adult male was discovered in the remnants of the fire. There was no vehicle in the area, and it is not clear when and how the body came to be in the area.

Results of an autopsy completed Friday may not be available for several days or even weeks, but it yielded clues that sheriff’s detectives are sharing with the public with the hope that it leads to the identification of the man.

The man’s left hand was deformed before the fire. The hand is described as underdeveloped with only three digits. It may have been a deformity at birth, or perhaps an accident suffered at an early age. The man also wore dentures. His age and ethnicity remain undetermined.

Anyone with any information about the case is asked to call sheriff’s detectives at 805.934.6170 or the Sheriff’s Anonymous Tip Line at 805.681.4171.

— Drew Sugars is a spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Email
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership
×

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.