press release - 10021701

Search and Rescue Members Comb Area for Evidence


Search and Rescue Members Comb Area for Evidence

Body of Deceased Female Located in Santa Maria Riverbed

Sheriff's Detectives Conducting Suspicious Death Investigation



UPDATED 10/05/17 - Decedent Identified


The female decedent who was located in the Santa Maria Riverbed on October 1, 2017, has been identified as being 47-year-old Lucinda Marie Gouin of Santa Maria.  Gouin also has ties to Lousiana and San Luis Obispo County.  She is also known as Lucinda Owens or Lucinda Luker. Next of kin has been notified.

The Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy yesterday, October 4, 2017 and determined Gouin did not have any physical trauma to her body. The cause and manner of death is undetermined at this point.  Toxicology and lab results are pending.

Sheriff’s detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding her death. The investigation is ongoing.




Santa Maria - October 2nd, 2017


At approximately 9:30 p.m. last night, October 1, 2017, the body of a deceased female was located in the Santa Maria Riverbed.  The Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division is investigating her death as suspicious.  The Sheriff’s Forensics Unit spent the day processing the scene.  The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team assisted in searching the area for evidence. 

The Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office is in the process of making a positive identification. No additional information will be released at this time regarding this incident due to the active investigation and until next of kin is notified.



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