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Carlsbad police: Woman found dead on hiking trail was stabbed to death

Posted at 1:45 PM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 22:56:02-05

CARLSBAD, Calif. (KGTV) – A woman found dead on a Carlsbad hiking trail was stabbed to death, police revealed Tuesday.

Carlsbad police said the 68-year-old white woman was walking or jogging Monday morning on the Hosp Grove Trail East, near the 2600 block of Monroe Street, when she was attacked.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the victim, a Carlsbad resident, was stabbed to death.

According to police, a tip has helped in identifying a man who may have been in the area at the time of the incident.

The man was described 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.

Police said the man was seen walking slowly with a slight shuffle or limp.

Police noted that it is “unknown at this time if this person is related to the incident.”

Anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area of Hosp Grove Trail East, between 10 a.m.-12 p.m., is urged to call Carlsbad police at 760-931-2165.

Police said in light of the incident, extra patrols have been assigned to the area.