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Body of Cal Poly SLO student found on beach at UC Santa Barbara

April 08, 2013|By Joseph Serna

An 18-year-old Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student was found dead in the surf at UC Santa Barbara, officials said Monday.

The Santa Barbara County coroner's office plans to perform a toxicology screening on the body of Giselle Esme Ayala of Santa Rosa, officials said.

She was found by a jogger Saturday morning in the water just west of Campus Point at the UC Santa Barbara campus.

Ayala’s friends had not seen her since 11 p.m. Friday and reported her missing the next evening. By then, authorities had found Ayala's body and were trying to identify her. The group was in town for Deltopia, a spring break party in Isla Vista.

An autopsy was completed but a cause of death will not be determined until the toxicology exam is completed, which could take four to six weeks, said a spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.

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