Body found at Lake Nacimiento was missing Central Valley man

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

The San Luis Obispo County coroner’s unit has confirmed the deceased man found at Lake Nacimiento last month was 29-year-old Jesus Munoz Vargas of Los Banoa, who had previously been reported missing. 

No foul play is suspected in Vargas’s death, according to the SLO County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities have yet to announce a cause of death.

Vargas had been reported missing from Los Banos on June 5. About one week before Vargas’s body was spotted, it was determined the Central Valley man’s car had been parked in the back lot near the lodges by Lake Nacimiento for more than a week, though it only had a day pass.

Shortly after 6 p.m. on June 26, hikers reported seeing something suspicious about 75 feet from the water’s edge on the shore of Lake Nacimiento in an area near the administration building. Responders found Vargas’s body face down on the shore surrounded by beer bottles. 

Efforts to identify Vargas were hampered by the condition of his body when it was found, according to the sheriff’s office.  Read More …

SLO County reservoir levels rise

Following last week’s storm, Santa Margarita Lake is nearly at full capacity. Meanwhile, other San Luis Obispo County reservoirs are at least half full.

Over the last month, Santa Margarita Lake, also known as Salinas Reservoir, rose from 79.8 percent capacity to 94.5 percent, according to SLO County water data. Lake Nacimiento rose from 40 percent to 56 percent capacity over the last 30 days. Read More …