Death of woman found with stab wounds near Birch Aquarium ruled a suicide

LA JOLLA - A woman found covered in stab wounds at the base of a ravine near the Birch Aquarium committed suicide, according to a medical examiner's report.

In January, 43-year-old Claudia Alvarez-Garcia was found behind a shed near the Scripps Oceanographic Institution.

She was badly wounded and CPR was immediately performed on her but she did not survive. She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Her death was initially investigated as a homicide because she had multiple stab wounds on her neck and torso.

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