Badly Decomposed Body Identified
updated: Jan 10, 2013, 1:53 PM
Source: UCSB Police Department
On Thursday, May 10, 2012, at approximately 9:45 a.m., the UC Santa Barbara Police
Department was contacted and dispatched to the marsh area between Santa Catalina
Residence Hall and the Santa Ynez Apartments regarding a report of possible human
remains found. Officers were directed into the location and found a badly decomposed
UCSB Police Detectives, working with Santa Barbara County Sheriff Investigators,
processed the scene for evidence that assisted in determining the identity of the body and
possible cause of death. A thorough investigation at the scene determined no indication of
foul play or nefarious activity.
Personal property collected at the scene by UCSB Detectives, along with the continuous
and meticulous DNA work done by the Santa Barbara Sheriff Department's Coroners
Bureau, assisted with the identification of the decedent as Thomas Lee Broad, age 63. Mr.
Broad was a local transient who frequented the Isla Vista area. He had no current
affiliation with UCSB.
Due to the advanced decomposition of the remains, the official cause of death certified by
the Office of the Coroner was listed as "Undetermined." Next of kin have been notified.
Media questions should be directed to the Public Information Officer, Sgt. Rob Romero,
at (805) 893-4063.
|| UCSB Campus Police have wrapped up a nearly year-long investigation into the discovery of a body near
the Santa Catalina dorms.
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