Sher­iff asks for help af­ter Oceano man was found beaten, stabbed to death

The Tribune (SLO) - - News - BY MATT FOUN­TAIN Matt Foun­tain: (805) 781-7909, @Mat­tFoun­tain1

The San Luis Obispo County Sher­iff’s Of­fice asked Mon­day for the pub­lic’s help in its homicide in­ves­ti­ga­tion of a 90-year-old man who was ap­par­ently beaten and stabbed to death at his Oceano home.

Sher­iff’s of­fi­cials have not re­leased a cause of death for Larry Al­bert Bross, a well-known en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist who was dis­cov­ered dead in his home Thurs­day in the 1400 block of Strand Way.

Sher­iff’s Cmdr. Brian Has­call said Mon­day that an au­topsy was per­formed on Bross on Sun­day, but he de­clined to com­ment fur­ther, cit­ing the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Though of­fi­cials have not pub­licly iden­ti­fied any sus­pects, the Sher­iff’s Of­fice said in a news release last week that in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieved Bross’ death was an iso­lated in­ci­dent and “there is no risk to the pub­lic at this time.”

In a news release Mon­day, the Sher­iff’s Of­fice said it is seek­ing to in­ter­view any­one who had con­tact with Bross over the last two weeks and has not al­ready spo­ken with sher­iff’s deputies by call­ing the Sher­iff’s De­tec­tive Divi­sion at (805) 7814500.

The Sher­iff’s Of­fice is also seek­ing home video sur­veil­lance footage from res­i­dents in the Strand Way area who have not al­ready spo­ken with sher­iff’s of­fi­cials.

In­for­ma­tion can also be re­ported anony­mously through Crime Stop­pers by call­ing (805) 549-STOP or through their web­site at

Of­fi­cials have re­leased few de­tails about Bross’ death, but Greg Mills, a neigh­bor who said he dis­cov­ered Bross’s body, told The Tri­bune last week that Bross ap­peared to have been beaten and stabbed.

“There was a lot of blood,” Mills said. “No one should go that way.”


Larry Bross, a well-known Oceano ac­tivist, was found killed in his home.

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