Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is releasing a photo of the weathered,
orange “Ocean Kayak” that was found within a mile of where 20 year old Kayla
Marie Hallee of Mission Viejo was discovered. The Sheriff’s Coroner’s
Bureau is investigating whether or not there is a connection between the
decedent and the found kayak. We are requesting that anyone with information
potentially relevant to the origin of the kayak or Kayla Marie Hallee, call the
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office at (805) 681-4145.
Young Woman Found Near Tajiguas Beach Identified
Tajiguas Beach - August 28th, 2013
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office has identified a young woman
who was discovered yesterday, August 27, in the ocean near Tajiguas Beach about
20 miles north of Santa Barbara along the coast. She is 20-year-old Kayla
Hallee of Mission Viejo.
A citizen spotted the victim in
the water around 2:15 p.m. yesterday and called the U.S. Coast Guard for help.
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter HALIBUT responded, retrieved the body and turned the
case over to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office. The victim
was identified and next of kin has been notified.
The case is under investigation
and an exact cause and manner of death is pending autopsy and toxicology
It is unclear why Ms. Hallee was
in the Santa Barbara area or if she is connected to an abandoned kayak that was
found just several miles away near Vista Point around 9:30 a.m. yesterday
If you have any information
regarding this case, you are asked to call the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s
Office at 681-4100.
For Media Inquires Contact PIO Kelly Hoover
Business Hours: (805) 681-4100