Body found in Alisal Ranch lake in Solvang

Identification pending coroner’s investigation
2012-08-30T00:35:00Z 2012-11-29T00:01:37Z Body found in Alisal Ranch lake in SolvangStaff report Santa Maria Times
August 30, 2012 12:35 am  • 

The body of a man was discovered about 8:15 a.m. Wednesday in a lake at the Alisal Guest Ranch in Solvang, but release of his identity is pending a coroner’s investigation, Sgt. Mark Williams, spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, said during a press briefing outside the ranch.

The body was found by a ranch hand, Williams said, and is not believed to be an employee of the ranch. 

Williams said it is unclear how long the body was in the lake, which is less than a half mile off Alisal Road.

When asked whether there’s a possibility that the body is that of 55-year-old Kurt Brimberry, a San Marino man who disappeared Aug. 18 after crashing his car near the ranch, Williams responded “There are a lot of missing people.”

He said the age of the person and whether foul play was involved are still being determined.

Brimberry’s silver 2003 Mercedes-Benz SUV collided with a tree in the 2500 block of Alisal Road, near Nojoqui Park. The vehicle was totaled, and Brimberry was not found at the scene.

A passerby reported seeing a man matching Brimberry’s description walking toward the Alisal Guest Ranch, on Alisal Road, a short time after the time of the collision, but responding emergency workers could not find him.

Brimberry was not found at local hotels or the hospital, and a search of the area by the sheriff’s helicopter, dogs, and sheriff’s search and rescue personnel revealed no leads. Additionally, Brimberry’s cellphone was left on the vehicle’s front seat.

The Sheriff’s Department has asked for public help in locating him, but as of Wednesday he had not been found.

 

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