Body of woman found during UC Santa Barbara spring break festivities identified

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Update 6 p.m.: A young woman found dead near UC Santa Barbara campus during has been identified as a first-year Cal Poly student, according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune

Giselle Esme Ayala of Santa Rosa was visiting the area for the Deltopia spring break festivities, according to the paper. Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong sent a note out to Cal Poly students alerting them of her passing. 

Update 10:47 a.m.: Authorities are investigating the death of a young woman whose body was found in the water at a popular surfing spot near the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The Sheriff's Department says the body was spotted Saturday morning by a jogger at the Campus Point surf break.

The woman, described as college age, was not carrying identification. She was found wearing a purple sundress with a black tank top.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover says the woman has been identified, but her name won't be released until her family has been notified. In an earlier press release, the sheriff's department said:

Because of the thousands of people attending Deltopia this weekend, a large spring break party in Isla Vista, it is unknown whether the victim is local or from out of town.

This weekend, Isla Vista's annual "Deltopia" spring break event brought beach closures and massive parties. In years past, the event (previously "Floatopia") drew thousands and caused a few problems with local police.

In a preview of this weekend's events, the campus' weekly newspaper "The Bottom Line" reported: 

Ever since the 2009 event ended in a drunken slew of hospitalizations, arrests, and citations, leaving Isla Vista’s beaches strewn with trash, the Santa Barbara County Community Services Department has closed down the beaches on Floatopia weekend each April. Deltopia, which sprung up in 2010 as a reaction against the beach closure, comprises a host of day parties and DJ acts as students walk the streets of Isla Vista.

It wasn't immediately known whether foul play was involved or if the death was accidental. 

Hoover declined to release details of the investigation.

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