Oxnard Police Department – Incident Press Release
On April 9, 2019, at about 2:05 A.M., Oxnard Police Officers responded to a wellness check of a female down in front of 215 West Pleasant Valley Road. Upon arrival, officers and emergency medical services (EMS) located a 67 year old female, Sibyl Woodbury, unconscious and not breathing. Her death was ultimately ruled a homicide by stabbing.
Major Crimes investigators responded to the scene and took over the investigation. There were minimal leads and few people outside at the time of this incident. It was through a diligent and dedicated effort by Major Crimes investigators, along with assistance from the Oxnard Police Special Enforcement Unit, Neighborhood Policing Team, Ventura County Combined Agency Task Force and Oxnard Police Homeless Liaison Unit, all working together they were able to discover a potential suspect.
Today, Major Crimes investigators, along with members of the Oxnard Police Department Neighborhood Policing Team, were able to locate and take into custody James Beam, a 23 year old, recent transient to Oxnard. Investigators had developed enough information to take Beam into custody and charge him with the murder of Sibyl Woodbury. Beam’s bail has been set at $500,000.00 dollars.
Investigators are still working on additional information regarding this murder. Detectives are encouraging anyone who may have heard or seen anything to contact Detective John Sunia (805) 385-7688.
This incident marks the fifth homicide in the City of Oxnard this year.
Anyone with information regarding this case or other criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-7600, or online via the Oxnard Police Department’s website: www.oxnardpd.org, and clicking on Report Suspicious Activity. You can remain anonymous if you choose to do so. You can also remain anonymous by calling the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. You can also visit this site: www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org to submit a tip via text or email.