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N-U Grad Found Dead on Santa Barbara Beach

A former Nevada Union High School student has been found dead on a beach near Santa Barbara.  Police say a bicyclist discovered the body of 20 year-old Sierra Markee-Winkler along the Isla Vista shoreline early yesterday morning. Markee-Winkler graduated from N-U in 2012. Jeff Dellis coached her on the debate team…

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Dellis says Sierra was also a cheerleader, and at the top of her class academically…

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In an e-mail from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, the Public Information Officer wrote “there is nothing to indicate foul play at this point, but we are in the early stages of the investigation and are not ruling anything out yet. We are not sure how she died. An autopsy is scheduled for later this week.” Markee-Winkler was from Nevada City. Her parents moved to Eureka after she graduated. Memorial services are pending.

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