The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of an unidentified female whose body was found Sunday in the Santa Maria Riverbed.

Authorities located the body in the riverbed at approximately 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Members of the Sheriff's Forensics Unit spent Tuesday processing the scene, with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team assisting. 

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The Criminal Investigations Division is investigating the death as suspicious. No positive identification has been made, and the next of kin has yet to be notified. According to officials, the investigation is ongoing.

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Santa Maria Times reporter Mathew Burciaga covers education for Lee Central Coast Newspapers.