Dec 11, 2013 7:39 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

Body found in Nipomo field identified

The San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office has identified a body found in a drainage ditch between two fields in Nipomo as Silvestre Montalban Lopez of Guerrero, Mexico.

Lopez's body was discovered on September 17 in the area of Division Street and Bonita School Road.

In October, investigators released a sketch of the man's face, in hopes someone from the community would be able to identify him. The Sheriff's Office said he was eventually identified through fingerprints received through the Mexican Consulate.

The Sheriff's Office said Lopez was the victim of a homicide, but the cause of his death has not been released. Sheriff's officials say the incident occurred in a neighboring jurisdiction, so the investigation has been turned over to the Santa Maria Police Department.

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