press release - 08281301

Found Kayak


Found Kayak

UPDATED: 08/28/13


The 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 results. 

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 morning.  

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


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