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Additional human remains located in Isla Vista after body found

Body is in a significant state of decomposition

ISLA VISTA, Calif. - --UPDATE 2--

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office confirms that investigators found more human remains on the shoreline at Campus Point near UC Santa Barbara just before 9 a.m. July 26.

"The remains consisted of a femur, fibula and tibia," said a news release from the Sheriff's Office. "The found bones are suspected to be associated with human remains, a head and torso, found on July 24, 2018 in the ocean near Camino Pescadero Park in Isla Vista."

The Sheriff's Office is working with the Department of Justice to gather DNA evidence and compare the records of missing persons in the Tri-County area. For now, authorities say the remains found do not appear to be that of missing 17-year-old Montecito mudslide victim Jack Cantin based on preliminary dental record comparisons.

"Due to the level of decomposition, further determination as to age, sex and the identity of the remains will take time.  As soon as a positive identification is made and next of kin is notified, the Sheriff’s Office will release the identity of the decedent," said the Sheriff's Office.

The investigation is ongoing.

--UPDATE 1--

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department has confirmed that human remains were found in the ocean near the shoreline in Isla Vista Tuesday evening in the area of Camino Pescadero Park.

Sheriff's Deputies responded to the situation around 5:45 p.m along with a Santa Barbara County Fire water rescue crew who assisted with the recovery of the remains.

The Sheriff's Office says the remains are in a "significant state of decomposition" and are incomplete.

Due to the level of decomposition, the Sheriff's Office says determining the age, sex, and identity of the remains will take time. There is no evidence of foul play, according to authorities, and the remains were taken to the Santa Barbara County Coroner's Office for further investigation into the cause of death and identity.


A body has been found near the shoreline in Isla Vista Tuesday evening between the 6500 block of Del Playa Drive and Campus Point.

Emergency crews were initially called out to the area for an ocean rescue at about 6 p.m.

Area residents say they could see what looks to be a very decayed body down by the beach. Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies are standing guard and have roped off the area to allow investigators to start piecing together what may have happened.

No further details were immediately known. Reporter Tracy Lehr is on scene and will have the latest on tonight's 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts. Check back for updates on this developing story.

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