Press Releases

Sunday 06/18/2017 8:38 PM - Death Investigation

Contact: Tony Cipolla
Phone: (805) 781-4547
Type of Incident: Death Investigation
Date and Time of Incident: 6-18-17, Approximately 12:15 PM
Place of Occurrence: Turkey Flats area, E. Pozo Road and Queen Bee Road, rural Pozo
Victim Information: Joseph Dean Echavarria, 57, Goleta
Suspect Information: N/A
Details of News Release: On 6-18-17, Sheriff's Dispatch received a 911 call about a possible missing dirt bike rider in the Turkey Flats area of rural Pozo. A 57-year-old man had become separated from two family members while riding in that area. Deputies responded to that location as well as a CHP helicopter and Cal Fire. The missing man was located and Cal fire crews were lowered from the helicopter to check on the man's condition. Crews discovered the man was deceased. A Coroner's Detective was brought in to assess the situation. At this time, the death does not appear to be suspicious but appears to be from natural causes. The man has been identified as 57-year-old Joseph Dean Echavarria of Goleta. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday to determine the manner and cause of death.

Prepared By: tcipolla
Released: Sunday 06/18/2017 8:38 PM