UC Santa Barbara Gang Rape: Search and Rescue Team Aids Investigation

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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s volunteer search and rescue team helped canvas neighborhoods around UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday to help find information after a female student was gang raped.


An investigation was underway after a 19-year-old UC Santa Barbara student said she was beaten and raped. (Credit: KTLA)

“We’re looking at all potential areas in the immediate vicinity,” said department spokeswoman Kelly Hoover.

Isla Vista, the unincorporated community next to UCSB where the gang rape occurred, is slightly larger than half a square mile but has some 23,000 residents.

“It’s very dense,” Hoover said. “Search and rescue is a resource available to us and we want to utilize it in this case.”

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