Body Found in Drainage Ditch Identified

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office has concluded its investigation of a body found in a drainage ditch between two fields in the Nipomo area in September. The body found, which was later determined to be the victim of a homicide, has been identified as Silvestre Montalban Lopez of Guerrero, Mexico. He was identified from fingerprints the Sheriff’s Office received through the Mexican Consulate. The results of this investigation show the incident occurred in a neighboring jurisdiction. As a result, the Sheriff’s Office has turned this investigation over to the Santa Maria Police Department.