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Carlsbad neighbors honor murdered woman by finishing her hike

Posted at 6:20 PM, Nov 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-29 22:48:27-05

CARLSBAD, Calif. (KGTV) - Carlsbad neighbors banded together to finish the hike of a woman who was stabbed to death in Hosp Grove Park.

Dozens of hikers descended upon the trail Saturday afternoon, honoring 68-year-old Lisa Thorborg.

Thorborg was walking or jogging, according to police, between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Monday when she was attacked.

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"We loved her, though many of us didn't know her. I didn't know her personally, but you could definitely tell she had a sweet spirit," Neighbor Theresa Dooley said.

Dooley said she was shocked and deeply hurt by the news. She said neighbors had been discussing what happened on the Nextdoor app and organized a walk for Thorborg.

"Some would like to finish the walk she began, some of us might walk various areas of the park here," Dooley said.

Dooley said they wanted to wash away the fear surrounding the park, "we don't want our parks taken away from us, we don't want to live in fear, we want to be able to enjoy this, we want families to be able to come out here."

Dooley added she will be taking precautions now when she hikes, "as women, it's probably important to have a partner with us, someone that we're hiking with."

A tipster led investigators to identify a suspect as white or Hispanic, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 3 inches tall, with a husky build and a tan complexion with dark hair. The tipster told police the man was wearing a black shirt, black shorts, and possibly a black hat, and he was walking slowly with a slight shuffle or limp.

Anyone with information on the case or who was in the area of Hosp Grove Trail East, between 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., is asked to call Carlsbad Police at 760-931-2165.