A man who was discovered dead in the riverbed near North H Street in Lompoc last month has been identified as 34-year-old Darrell Anthony Whorten.

Whorten's identity was released Thursday by a spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. Whorten, according to the Sheriff's Office, was a transient living in Lompoc, and no foul play is suspected in his death. The manner of death is pending the results of toxicology reports.

The Lompoc Police Department began investigating the death Sept. 26. 

Lompoc Police officers first were alerted to the death that day when a man went to the Circle K store at the corner of Central Avenue and North H Street and told a clerk at the store that there was a dead body in the riverbed near a homeless camp, police said.

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“LPD officers responded to the store, but the male who had reported the body to the clerk had left before their arrival,” Lompoc Police Sgt. Kevin Martin reported. “Officers began searching the area described by the unknown male and were able to locate a homeless camp and a person who took them to the body.”

Detectives examined the body and discovered no visible signs of trauma, according to Lompoc Police. The Santa Barbara County Coroner's Office responded and took possession of the body, police said.

This report was prepared by Willis Jacobson. He can be reached at wjacobson@leecentralcoastnews.com.

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