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The following article was posted on December 13th, 2012, in the New Times - Volume 27, Issue 20 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 27, Issue 20

Local activist dead, husband arrested

BY MATT FOUNTAIN

A prominent local activist was recently found dead and her husband was arrested in Montaña de Oro State Park.

At about 11:26 p.m. on Dec. 10, a state parks ranger made contact with George Leigh Taylor, 86, as Taylor sat in his car near the dead end of Pecho Road in the coastal park. According to a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department release, the ranger discovered that Taylor’s passenger—later identified as Taylor’s wife, Gewynn, 81—was deceased.

The ranger requested assistance from sheriff’s deputies, and patrol, detectives, coroners, and crime scene investigators soon arrived, according to the release.

George Taylor was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. According to the report, Taylor was then arrested on suspicion of homicide following further investigation.

The Taylors were long known in the community to be regular attendees at the county board of supervisors meetings, regularly coming to comment on wastewater and groundwater issues in Los Osos.

According to Sheriff’s Cmdr. Brian Hascall, an autopsy is scheduled for Dec. 13, and the investigation remains ongoing.