Body Found In Ventura County In January Finally Identified; Foul Play Not Suspected

Mar 28, 2017

Authorities say they’ve identified the body of a man found in a remote area of Ventura County.

The body was discovered in January near a campground southwest of Ojai. It was badly decomposed, making identification difficult.

Papers found in the area indicated it might be Thomas Taggart, a transient who had been living in Ventura County. DNA tests confirmed the identity. The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office was unable to pinpoint the cause of death.

But Deputy Medical Examiner Brian Applegate told KCLU News there was no evidence of foul play, and it’s believed the 73 year old man died from natural causes.