Identity Released of Body Found in Mission Creek

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Update by edhat staff
September 21, 2020

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office has released the identity of the body found in Mission Creek last week.

The victim has been identified as 48-year-old Jon Vreeland of Santa Barbara. The cause of death is pending.

On September 15, Santa Barbara Police responded to a report of a body behind a gate in the 400 block of Figueroa Street where it dead-ends into Mission Creek. 

At the time police officials stated the death did not appear to be suspicious but there has been no further information provided.

This is a developing story.

By Roger the Scanner Guy
3:30 p.m., September 15, 2020

Code 1144pc: Contact Coroner for a Body Found. The best access is off the 400 Block of Figourea Street behind a gate. Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) and a Police supervisor are requested. SBPD on scene.

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SBCactus Sep 22, 2020 11:09 PM
Identity Released of Body Found in Mission Creek

So sorry for your loss. I too lost a beloved family member (age 38) to this horrible disease of addiction. I miss him every day. I really feel for everyone out there who is dealing with similar problems in their family & the pandemic making all aspects of life even more difficult. Sending my condolences to this man’s family & friends. His story sounds so familiar: A kind, sensitive, creative, talented and loved soul who was lost to an insidious & deadly disease. RIP

Rkershaw Sep 22, 2020 05:24 PM
Identity Released of Body Found in Mission Creek

I had the joy of meeting Jon on more than one occasion . He was so well spoken and clever. He was such a fantastic author that he was able to give insight into a world of addiction that few could ever conceive of understanding. But he did, and did it well, through the humanization of all of our different pathways. His words will live on.

biguglystick Sep 22, 2020 10:25 AM
Identity Released of Body Found in Mission Creek

My deepest condolences to the family of Jon. Losing a family member to addiction is so very painful. Most addicts are sensitive souls, intelligent and too sensitive for this harsh cruel world. My heart hurts for this family. Been there. Still there. May he rest in peace and love.

greytfull Sep 22, 2020 08:15 AM
Identity Released of Body Found in Mission Creek

Dear MADISONBAILEY, I am so deeply sorry for you, and your family's loss. My son passed on from alcohol addiction, so I share the uncertainty and tragic loss of a loved one. Please rescue his dog, it was his closest companion, and he would want you to. We had to save our son's, and pets grieve, too, when they lose their human. Sending love.

JB86 Sep 21, 2020 11:08 PM
Identity Released of Body Found in Mission Creek

This all shows that there is a lot more to an individual's life than a headline about their passing. Sympathy and an open mind are virtues we should try to practice.

Madisonbbailey Sep 21, 2020 04:48 PM
Identity Released of Body Found in Mission Creek

This is Jon Vreeland’s niece. I am speaking on behalf of his daughters and the rest of his family. Just want you to know he is 41 not 48. He was a lot more than just a homeless drug addict. He was a wonderful writer and musician who impacted a lot of people’s lives in a positive way. Through his struggles, he loved his family and the people around him very much. I would appreciate if you kept the hurtful comments to yourself and remember that he has a family at home that sees these things during this hard time already.

beautifulday Sep 22, 2020 09:14 PM
Identity Released of Body Found in Mission Creek

Hello MadisonBBailey,
I am very sorry for your family's loss. Jon was a colleague of mine, and was a fine person who overcame immeasurable obstacles. My heart goes out to you and Jon's lovely daughters, Alycia and Jon's parents. Jon was a special person with a huge heart. Although he struggled with demons as many do at varying times in one's life, Jon's love for his family was unparalleled. His love for his daughters was phenomenal. The fact that Jon overcame two addictions is a testament to his will too. He was a gifted man with a terrific sense of humor, always wanting to offer his assistance to others. People make assumptions without thinking about the souls that encase one's body and mind. I apologize to you on behalf of those that are insensitive and uncaring. God Bless you and your family at this time, I am sure Jon is caring for another up above.

Jm129 Sep 22, 2020 12:16 PM
Identity Released of Body Found in Mission Creek

The comments on EdHat are often hurtful, inappropriate, inaccurate, etc. Moderating them to prevent this from happening would be better than your apology after the fact. Requiring people to use their real names would also help prevent them from hiding behind a handle and saying whatever they want because they are anonymous. If you truly cared about providing a way to promote discourse about the stories on EdHat, you would find a better way.

PitMix Sep 22, 2020 07:23 AM
Identity Released of Body Found in Mission Creek

I apologize on behalf of Edhat for any hurtful comments that were posted here. Unfortunately people have their own issues with stories like this and it comes out in weird ways. The vast majority of Santa Barbarans send their condolences and sympathies in this sad time.

PitMix Sep 21, 2020 03:09 PM
Identity Released of Body Found in Mission Creek

Thank your lucky stars if you never put yourself into a position to try hard drugs, or you tried them but are not wired to be an addict. It seems like a large number of people are not lucky in this way. I just remember that Carroll O'Connor commercial where he growls- Get between your kids and drugs any way you can.

Roger Sep 21, 2020 04:04 PM
Identity Released of Body Found in Mission Creek

I never liked the chemicals tried them not for me even when I saw Dr. Diaz hated that stuff he gave me. I lost alot of friends though some real close to me. I feel bad for this guy I remember hearing his name run several times before he passed on. I cried for his dog to be there next to him as he passed God rest his Soul...

Roger Sep 15, 2020 06:44 PM
Identity Released of Body Found in Mission Creek

Unsure if there is any more to this death other than suspicious the victim had a dog which has been transported to the county animal shelter, poor dog.....Roger out.

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