Unidentified body found near Cal Poly radio tower

September 14, 2016

Cal Poly LargeA hiker found the body of a white man in his early 20s near the radio tower on the Cal Poly campus on Tuesday. University police and sheriff’s detectives responded to the scene but did not succeed in identifying the body.

Around 12:15 p.m., a hiker who lives nearby discovered the body not far from Highway 1 and Highland Drive.

Cal Poly police launched an investigation, and sheriff’s detectives arrived to assist. The victim did not have any identification on his body, according to the county sheriff’s office.

Detectives do not suspect the man died as a result of foul play, but the cause of death is undetermined. Investigators request that anyone who has information about the victim’s identity call the sheriff’s office at 805-781-4550 or Crime Stoppers at 805-549-7867.



  1. Answer4U says:

    Hello SLO_Johnny. When applicable, the coroner may provide the community preliminary findings based on their initial death scene investigation. Most often that information release is limited to whether or not foul play was suspected. That serves to put citizens at ease or increase their vigilance in the event homicide is suspected. But the coroner will not rule a ‘manner of death’ until after the investigation is complete, including the autopsy. This process does not serve to circumvent transparency, it exists to preserve case integrity in the event it turns out to be a homicide or is otherwise deemed a suspicious death. Federal and state records laws also tend to restrict what information may be released and when. Hope this helps.

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  2. SLO_Johnny says:

    How close to the tower was the body? Did he fall off or jump off the tower?
    Please press the cops for more details. I don’t know why the cops would keep information so restricted if they have already concluded that there was no foul play involved. By the way, how did they figure out that so quickly if the coroner hasn’t performed an autopsy.?

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