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By Lenny Roberts
Sheriffs deputies and paramedics arriving at what was described as an unsupervised teen party early Sunday morning discovered a 16-year-old Ojai boy dead in the driveway of a Maricopa Highway residence.
Sunday afternoon, Senior Medical Examiner Craig Stevens identified the victim as 16-year-old Seth Scarminach of Ventura.
It was not immediately determined if Scarminach was an invited guest at the party or one of several who allegedly crashed it.
Major crimes Capt. Rick Barrios said the 911 call originated from the residence in the 2400 block of Maricopa Highway at 1:58 a.m. Sheriff’s major crimes Detective Steve Rhods added there were an undetermined number of people still present when deputies arrived shortly after 2 a.m., and there were no earlier calls for service at the residence.
Barrios said detectives have several strong leads which will be followed today. A preliminary investigation indicated the victim was possibly involved in an altercation with another partygoer and was stabbed. Autopsy results are scheduled to be released tomorrow.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to call the Ventura County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau at 477-7000.