Tuesday, June 19 , 2018, 10:27 am | Fair 64º


Local News

Transient Found Dead at Makeshift Campsite

Santa Barbara police say 41-year-old man died of apparent drug overdose

A 41-year-old transient was found dead Monday afternoon at a makeshift campsite near the downtown area, according to the Santa Barbara Police Department.

The victim was discovered in a bushy area adjacent to the northbound Arrellaga Street offramp from Highway 101, said Sgt. Riley Harwood.

Another homeless person who knew the victim found the remains and flagged down a patrol officer shortly after 1 p.m., Harwood said.

Evidence at the scene led officers to conclude the man died of a drug overdose, Harwood said, adding that the exact cause of death would be determined by the Santa Barbara County Coroner’s Office.

The man’s remains were discovered on a mattress in an elaborate campsite that was not visible from the roadway.

He was “obviously deceased,” Harwood said, and officers at the scene indicated he probably had been there for about a day.

Drug paraphernalia was found at the scene, leading to the tentative cause of death, Harwood said.

No foul play was suspected.

The man’s identity was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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 through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Enter your email
Select your membership level

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • 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.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >