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No foul play suspected in death of missing Ojai man

Eric "Sunny" Buttler was reported missing June 28

CARPINTERIA, Calif. - UPDATE

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says no foul play was involved in the death of 57-year-old Eric "Sunny" Buttler, the Ojai man whose body was found in a Las Canovas creek bed after being reported missing.

Buttler was traveling to Lompoc, stopped in Carpinteria overnight for unknown reasons, and his body was discovered on July 10, 2017 near a popular hiking trail. His car was located in an unincorporated area of Santa Maria.

An official cause of death is pending toxicology and lab results according to the Sheriff's Office.

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ORIGINAL STORY

The body of an Ojai man reported missing on June 28 was discovered Friday afternoon in Las Canovas Canyon, an unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County near U.S. Highway 101 and Highway 1.

Eric “Sunny” Buttler, 57, was traveling from Ojai to Lompoc and was last seen June 24, 2017 in Carpinteria. For unknown reasons, he stopped overnight in Carpinteria, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

On July 4, his car was located in an unincorporated part of Santa Maria. Ten days later, a resident living in the Las Canovas Canyon area discovered a body in a creek that was later identified as Buttler's remains by the Sheriff's Coroner's Office and Sheriff's detectives.

Buttler's family has been notified of his death.

The Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident and looking into the cause and manner of Buttler's death. Authorities did not provide further details on the case.

Anyone with any information on this case is urged to call the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office at 805-683-2724 or leave an anonymous tip at 805-681-4171.

Buttler was well-known in the community for his volunteer work with various charitable functions, according to the Sheriff's Office. He had ties to Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.


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