Body of missing Santa Maria teen found in Nipomo
March 19, 2016
The body of missing Santa Maria teen Ivan Nunez was discovered hanging from an abandoned structure near Range Place and Orchard road in Nipomo on Feb. 17, and was identified Friday, according to the San Maria Police Department. The death appears to be a suicide.
On the day he went missing, Dec. 26, the 16-year-old was celebrating his birthday party. After laughing and dancing with friends and family, Nunez walked out the front door and never returned.
Because the body had been exposed to the elements for several months, finger prints could not be used. Deputies used DNA evidence to identify the remains.
Nunez’ disappearance prompted candlelight vigils and local search efforts.