Man's Death In Rancho Santa Fe Ruled Homicide

Body Found Outside Home In 4600 Block Of Sun Valley Road

Homicide detectives Monday are investigating the death of a man whose body was found outside a residence on the western outskirts of Rancho Santa Fe.

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Sheriff's deputies were called to assist the Solana Beach Fire Department at about 11 a.m. on Aug. 17 regarding a man down outside a home in the 4600 block of Sun Valley Road.

Deputies arrived and found the male victim's body outside the residence.

Due to suspicious circumstances at the scene, homicide detectives responded to the location and conducted a preliminary investigation.

Based on initial information gained from an autopsy, which was conducted on Saturday, the death was classified as a homicide.

Homicide detectives and crime lab personnel returned to the home on Saturday and conducted additional processing of the scene.

Investigators from the Encinitas Sheriff's Station, Homicide Detail and Crime Lab are participating in the investigation.

The victim's identity has not been released. A cause and manner of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner's Office.

10News spoke with a resident of the neighborhood and he confirmed that the home where the body was found is owned by Dr. Kenneth Gerber, a radiologist who has lived there for more than 20 years. The neighbor said things have been rough for the 62-year-old who has been sick in the past couple of years and has been having trouble staying in practice.

"Quiet neighborhood, usually have your windows open at night for the sea breeze and now you're not sure you want to do that," said resident Roger Walker about the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321 or after hours at (858) 565-5200.

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