News release - 3/28/2014

Published 3/28/2014 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Body of missing suicidal adult located
DATE/TIME: Body of missing suicidal adult located
LOCATION: Body of missing suicidal adult located
VICTIM(S): Body of missing suicidal adult located
PREPARED BY: Chris Inglehart, Sergeant
Oxnard Police Communications, 805-385-7740

On 03/28/2014 at approximately 9:56 am, the Oxnard Police Department received a call of a missing adult female who made suicidal statements earlier in the morning.  The female was identified as Rosita Villegas.  At approximately 10:30 am, Oxnard Police Department officers located Villegas’s vehicle in the parking lot of Port Hueneme Beach Park.
Port Hueneme Police Department officers responded to the scene and used one of their canines to track Ms. Villegas.  The canine led officers from Ms. Villegas’s vehicle and onto the pier.  The following agencies then responded and assisted with the search of the surrounding beach and ocean:  US Coast Guard (Los Angeles and Oxnard stations), Ventura County Fire Department, and Oxnard Fire Department.
At approximately 2:00 pm, the US Coast Guard helicopter spotted Ms. Villegas’s body in the ocean approximately ½ mile west of the pier.  Ms. Villegas was pronounced dead a short time later by paramedics.  The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and Medical Examiner responded and took over the investigation due to the location being in their jurisdiction.
At this point, no foul play is suspected but the investigation is on-going.  If anyone has information regarding this incident, you are encouraged to contact the Ventura County Sheriffs Department. 

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