Press Releases

Thursday 10/05/2017 4:43 PM - Autopsy Results

Contact: Tony Cipolla
Phone: (805) 781-4547
Type of Incident: Autopsy Results
Date and Time of Incident: 8-15-17, Approximately 2:30 PM
Place of Occurrence: 100 block of F Street, Cayucos
Victim Information: Donald Eugene Cunningham, 83 (DOB: 1-14-34), Transient from the Bakersfield area
Suspect Information: N/A
Details of News Release: The Coroner's Unit of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office has released the autopsy results for 83-year-old Donald Eugene Cunningham from the Bakersfield area. He was found dead in the back of an SUV in Cayucos on 8-15-17. The manner of death is listed as natural. The cause of death is listed as acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) and atherosclerotic coronary artery disease. A contributing cause is listed as acute morphine toxicity, meaning morphine was discovered in his body but was not the underlying cause of death. Since it was discovered that the victim had died in Kern County before being transported to San Luis Obispo County, inquiries regarding the investigation should be referred to the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

Prepared By: tcipolla
Released: Thursday 10/05/2017 4:45 PM