A 20-year-old UC Santa Barbara student and Manzanita Village resident was reported missing to the UC Police Department Monday morning.

She was found deceased on Tuesday afternoon, according to UCSB Dean of Student Life Katya Armistead.

Annie Wang was first reported missing by friends on Monday morning. Courtesy of Bryant Pahl.

Annie Wang is a second-year psychology major and member of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity. Wang was last seen Friday morning around 4 a.m., according to Bryant Pahl, a third-year earth science major and Alpha Phi Omega Chapter president.

A missing persons report was filed for Wang around 9:40 a.m. on Monday morning, according to Charlene Wu, one of Wang’s current housemates in Manzanita Village.

“Her roommates last saw her at 3 a.m. studying in the dorms, but did not see her the next morning,” Pahl said. “The last message she sent [was] to her little in Alpha Phi Omega at 3:54 a.m.”

Pahl said the location on her phone is currently off and said he believes her phone is “either dead or turned off.”

Wang was last seen at an Alpha Phi Omega affiliated event during the fraternity’s general meeting on May 15, Pahl said. Alpha Phi Omega is a co-ed service-based fraternity.

“She signed up for several service events during the weekend but did not attend any, which is a rare behavior for Annie as she is a very prominent servant leader. In fact, she currently has the most service hours in the fraternity,” Pahl said.

Several people have posted notices about Wang’s disappearance on the UCSB Free & For Sale Facebook page and other social media sites.

Wang was later found deceased in the Santa Ynez Mountains, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office (SBSO).

Her friends set up a GoFundMe on Wednesday to help her family with funeral expenses, according to the webpage.

Updated: This article was updated to include information from SBSO.

Updated: This article was updated to include information about the GoFundMe.


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