press release - 05041401

Sheriff's Coroner's Office Investigating Death of UCSB Student


Isla Vista - May 4th, 2014

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office is investigating the death of a University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) student whose body was found this morning, May 4, on the beach in Isla Vista.  The victim has been identified as 20-year-old Sierra Markee-Winkler of Eureka, California who was attending UCSB and lived in Isla Vista. 


At approximately 7 a.m. this morning, a bicyclist discovered Markee-Winkler on the shore below the 6800 block of Del Playa Drive and called 9-1-1.  Isla Vista Foot Patrol and Santa Barbara County Fire Department personnel responded and determined she was deceased. 


The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the circumstances surrounding her death.  The exact cause and manner of death will not be determined for several weeks and is pending a coroner’s investigation.


If anyone has information on this case, please contact the Isla Vista Foot Patrol at 805-681-4179.





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