Remains of murdered man found in Santa Margarita

May 30, 2018

Jared Walters

Sheriff deputies found the remains of a 38-year-old missing man in rural Santa Margarita after receiving a tip that his body was 4100 block of Stagecoach Canyon Road. [Cal Coast Times]

Jared Jay Walters, 38, was reported missing to the Atascadero Police Department on Feb. 26, 2016. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office now says Walters was murdered, and authorities have launched a homicide investigation.

Since Walters was first reported missing, rumors that he had been murdered in a biker dispute and that his body had been stashed in Santa Margarita spread throughout the rural community.

In 2016, sheriff’s detectives twice searched a home in the 2200 block of I Street in Santa Margarita looking for evidence relating to Walters’ disappearance. More recently, detectives received information that Walters’ remains were located in the 4100 block of Stagecoach Canyon Road in rural Santa Margarita.

On March 6, the Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Detail served a search warrant at the rural Santa Margarita location with help from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Team. The search of the property spanned two days and also involved the SLO County District Attorney’s Office, FBI Evidence Response Team, CHP Air Operations, San Luis Obispo Auto Theft Task Force and the Morro Bay Police Department.

During the search, investigators recovered human remains. The Department of Justice then used DNA testing to confirm the remains were those of Walters.

On his Facebook page, Walters says he is from Paso Robles. Detectives list him as a transient. Waters has not posted on his Facebook page since Oct. 21, 2015.

Officials have not released any information about potential suspects. Investigators request that anyone has information related to the murder of Walters contact the Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at (805) 781-4500 or anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 549-STOP.

Jorge Estrada

Someone gave birth to Jared. He was held, nurtured and brought tears to others in his life. Now, in his death, tears can finally return. Most of us are very fortunate, over and over again.


Rest in peace Jared. Prayers to the family.


Those down voters are jerks. Have some respect.


The best way to keep a secret – is to NOT tell anyone.