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Man found dead following rollover on Winchester Canyon Road in Goleta

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Posted at 8:37 PM, Jul 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-25 23:37:04-04

A man died following a rollover crash in Goleta Friday, officials say.

In a press release, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to a 9-1-1 follow-up call to the 200 block of Winchester Canyon Rd around 6:30 a.m. on Friday.

According to officials, a resident in the area called to report a green Ford Expedition on the roadway that rolled down an embankment and onto the driver's side.

After finding the vehicle empty, deputies searched the area for evidence and found a deceased male 100 feet down a cliff side, in a creek.

According to officials, the creek is about 20 feet west of where the vehicle was located.

Coroner’s detectives have identified the man as 36-year-old Michael Currier of Long Beach.

An additional witness reported talking with Currier near the vehicle in the early morning hours after the crash occurred, sheriff's officials said.

According to the press release, Currier told the witness that he was attempting to get his vehicle back on its wheels. The witness suggested that the man call for a tow truck.

Deputies said the Currier also told the witness that he was in the area visiting family and was looking for a place to camp.

Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue volunteers responded to the scene and used a technical rope system to raise the deceased man up the side of a cliff to the roadway.

Detectives do not suspect foul play.