SOLVANG — A body found in a lake in Santa Barbara County has been identified as that of a 55-year-old San Marino man missing since his vehicle struck a tree in the area two weeks ago.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department identified Kurt Brimberry as the man whose body was found early Wednesday in the lake area of the Alisal Guest Ranch near Solvang. An employee made the discovery while walking around the lake and called authorities, who sent a dive team to recover the body.
Brimberry had been missing since the vehicle crash in the Aug. 18 crash in the 2500 block of Alisal Road, sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
“The vehicle was totaled, and the driver was not found at the scene,” the statement said. “A passerby reported seeing a man matching Kurt Brimberry’s description walking toward the Alisal Guest Ranch, on Alisal Road, a short time after the time of the collision, but responding emergency workers could not find him.”
His cell phone was found inside his SUV, officials said. He was believed to be injured due to the crash, and also in need of medical attention for a medical condition.
After checking the local hospital and hotels and launching a search with the help of a helicopter and dogs, officials came up empty-handed. A public bulletin was issued by local authorities, along with Brimberry’s picture.
After more than a week with no sign of the San Marino man, the ranch employee spotted his body early Wednesday morning, sheriff’s officials said.
Investigators said the exact cause of death remained under investigation and may take several more weeks to determine.
– From staff and wire reports
PHOTO courtesy of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department