Suspicious Death Investigation on State Street

Authored on
March 13, 2022

On March 14, 2022, around 7:20 am, the Santa Barbara Police Department’s Combined Communication Center received a report about an unresponsive female lying in the parking lot of a business located in the 1st block of State Street.

Officers and paramedics arrived on scene and determined the female was deceased and lifesaving measures would not be effective in attempting to resuscitate her.

During the initial investigation, it was determined this death appeared to be suspicious. Santa Barbara Police Detectives are currently on scene along with police forensics investigating this death. It appears the female victim was homeless and potentially in her late 40s or early 50s.

State Street between Cabrillo Blvd. and Mason Street will be closed to all vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists for multiple hours. We ask the community to please avoid the area.

This is an active investigation, and no other information is available currently.