Coroner’s Bureau Identifies Murder Victim

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

The Sheriff’s Office Coroner’s Bureau has confirmed the identity of the murder victim that was recovered by Sheriff’s detectives on September 21. The decedent is Joseph Martin Govey of Santa Maria. Govey was 53-years-old at the time of his death in December 2018.

Govey’s family had not heard from him since late 2018 and reported him as a missing person with Orange County Sheriff’s Office on August 23, 2019.

This investigation remains ongoing and anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office tip line at (805)681-4171 or by visiting our website - 


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 September 22, 2020: Suspects Arrested for 2018 Murder

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Curmudgeon Sep 25, 2020 02:01 PM
Coroner’s Bureau Identifies Murder Victim

Intriguing. This regarding Govey from the Orange County Register in February 2018: "Defendant in federal drug case, now tied to O.C. jailhouse-snitch scandal, contends deputies targeted him for revenge."

Curmudgeon Sep 25, 2020 02:04 PM
Coroner’s Bureau Identifies Murder Victim

Speaking of intrigue - Disappointing that more hasn't come of the Kristin Smart case after being teased with important breaking news some months ago. Hoping something going on behind-the-scenes that can't yet be revealed.

Curmudgeon Sep 26, 2020 10:11 AM
Coroner’s Bureau Identifies Murder Victim

MATTYBOY - Yes I have followed 'Your Own Backyard.' I was waiting for update after FBI told the Smarts to get ready for something several months ago.

Shmonk Sep 25, 2020 02:26 PM
Coroner’s Bureau Identifies Murder Victim

"...Attempted murder and gun charges recently were dropped against white supremacist Joseph Martin Govey after a judge ordered that informant evidence be disclosed. Govey, a fleeing parolee-at-large at the time of his arrest in August 2011, was accused of soliciting the death of an informant."

Escaped prison for ratting. Looks like it got him killed.

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