press release - 09121701

Apparent Murder - Suicide Investigation in Goleta

 

UPDATED 09/18/17 AUTOPSY RESULTS RELEASED

 

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the results of an autopsy that was conducted on homicide victim, 57-year-old Christina Marie Martin from Tampa Bay, Florida.  The decedent’s cause of death was the result of Dual Modality Homicidal Violence resulting in Multiple Traumatic Injuries. The autopsy revealed that Martin had been battered about the head and upper body and suffered a compression of the neck.

 

Sheriff’s deputies located Christina Martin deceased on September 12, 2017 inside a residence in the 7000 block of Aldus Drive in the City of Goleta.  42-year-old Beth Curnow of Goleta had taken her own life and was found in the garage.  The two were long-time acquaintances with ties to Florida.

 

The motive and circumstances that led to the murder-suicide are under investigation.

 

 

UPDATED 09/13/17 - Victim and Suspect Identified

 

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the names of the two female decedents from a murder-suicide that occurred yesterday, September 12, 2017, in the 7000 block of Aldus Drive in the City of Goleta.  The homicide victim is 57-year-old Christina Marie Martin from Tampa Bay, Florida.  The homicide suspect, who then took her own life, is 42-year-old Beth Michelle Curnow of Goleta.  The two were long-time acquaintances with ties to Florida.  The victim often frequented the residence. 

Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the circumstances and motive that led to the murder-suicide.  When deputies responded at 7:10 a.m. yesterday, to a call of an injured subject in the home who was in need of emergency medical aid, they found Christina Martin deceased in the residence. A short time later, deputies discovered that Beth Curnow had taken her own life and was located in the garage. 

The Sheriff’s Office is not releasing further details regarding the homicide manner of death until an autopsy scheduled for tomorrow is complete. 

If you have any information regarding this case that might assist investigators, you are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at 805-681-4150 or to leave an anonymous tip, please call 805-681-4171.  You can also go thttp://www.sbsheriff.org/anonymoustips.html.

 

 

Goleta - September 12th, 2017

 

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide that occurred this morning, September 12, 2017, at an apartment in the 7000 block of Aldus Drive in the City of Goleta.  At approximately 7:10 a.m., a family member at the Hollister Village Apartment Community residence called 911 to report an emergency.  When Sheriff’s deputies arrived, they located a deceased female inside the residence.  Upon further investigation, they then discovered another deceased female inside the garage. 

The investigation is in its early stage, but at this point, the deaths appear to be the result of a murder-suicide.  The Sheriff’s Office believes this was an isolated incident and that there are no outstanding suspects.

Sheriff’s detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.  The Sheriff’s Forensics Unit is processing the crime scene and collecting evidence.  The Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office is in the process of positively identifying the decedents and notifying next of kin.  Coroner’s detectives are conducting a death investigation to determine an official cause and manner of death for both decedents.

Due to the active investigation, no additional details will be released at this time.

 

 

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