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UC Santa Barbara student found dead on Isla Vista beach

May 4, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
A University of California, Santa Barbara student was found dead on a beach in Isla Vista Sunday morning.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department has identified the victim as Sierra Markee-Winkler, 20, of Eureka. The school paper says she was a sophomore.

Investigators say a bicyclist discovered her body on the shore below Del Playa Vista Drive around 7 a.m. Markee-Winkler was living in Isla Vista while attending UC Santa Barbara.

She was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders.

The exact cause of her death will be determined by the coroner.