The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office has identified a young woman who was discovered Tuesday, in the ocean near Tajiguas Beach about 20 miles north of Santa Barbara along the coast. She is 20-year-old Kayla Hallee of Mission Viejo.
A citizen spotted the victim in the water around 2:15 p.m. and called the U.S. Coast Guard for help. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter HALIBUT responded, retrieved the body and turned the case over to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office.
The case is under investigation and an exact cause and manner of death is pending autopsy and toxicology results. It is unclear why Ms. Hallee was in the Santa Barbara area or if she is connected to an abandoned kayak that was found just several miles away near Vista Point.