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Autopsy report declares Cal Poly student's death in Big Sur as accidental

An autopsy report Wednesday confirmed the death of Cal Poly student, Kenneth Taylor, as accidental, caused by multiple blunt force injuries.

Taylor, the 21 year old student, was found in Big Sur at the base of the Salmon Creek Waterfall Saturday night, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.

Due to the road closure on Highway One, Monterey County was not able to respond to the reports of the accident.

To help, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the report and found Taylor's body.

Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong announced Taylor’s death earlier this week. He mentioned that Taylor was a founding member of the Cal Poly Alpine Club.

Gabriela Fernandez came to KCBX in May of 2022 as a general assignment reporter, and became news director in December of 2023. She graduated from Sacramento State with a BA in Political Science. During her senior year, she interned at CapRadio in their podcast department, and later worked for them as an associate producer on the TahoeLand podcast. When she's not writing or editing news stories, she loves to travel, play tennis and take her 140-lbs dog, Atlas, on long walks by the coast.
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