San Luis Obispo County

Goleta man found dead in SLO County following dirt bike riding excursion

Man became separated from family members

POZO, Calif. - The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a Goleta man that occurred in Pozo, an unincorporated area of SLO County, over the weekend.

The Sheriff's Office said its dispatch received a 911 call Sunday afternoon about a possible missing dirt bike rider in the Turkey Flats area of rural Pozo.

57-year-old Joseph Dean Echavarria had become separated from family members while riding in that area.

Echavarria was found soon after deputies, CAL FIRE, and a California Highway Patrol helicopter was dispatched to the area. Crews checked on the man's condition but ultimately pronounced him dead at the scene.

The Sheriff's Office said that Echavarria's death appears to be from natural causes at this point. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday to determine the manner and cause of death.

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