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Mission Creek with Fire Fighters and Police Officers

Mission Creek Investigation - Media Release

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On February 19, 2024, around 9:00 a.m., the Santa Barbara Police Combined Communications Center received a report of a possible deceased person seen in Mission Creek near the intersection of Bath Street and West Cota Street. 

Santa Barbara Police Officers and Fire Department personnel responded to the scene. Fire Department personnel conducted a recovery operation to retrieve the decedent, who was entangled in the trees off the bank of the creek. After the recovery was complete, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff-Coroner responded to assist. Also, Santa Barbara Police Detectives came to the scene to investigate the death further. 

This case is still an active investigation.  Foul play is not suspected at this time. 

The decedent is an adult female, and their identity is currently unknown at the time of this media release. 

As a reminder, please stay away from flooded creeks and waterways. Though they may be interesting to look at, always keep a safe distance. Your safety is our top priority.