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Murder Victim Found In Lake On Central Coast Golf Course Identified


Authorities have released the name of man whose dismembered body was found in a Central Coast lake last week.

The remains of Joseph Martin Govey were recovered by Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s divers in a small lake at the Blacklake Golf Course in Nipomo last week.  Detectives aren’t saying what led them to the search.

Investigators believe he died in late 2018, but the Santa Maria man wasn’t reported missing until the middle of 2019.  He had a long criminal history, and had served prison time.

A man and woman have been arrested in connection with Govey’s death, but detectives aren’t talking about a possible motive in the case.