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Man, 87, found dead in swimming pool at Scripps Ranch home

Posted at 7:41 AM, Aug 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-04 10:10:39-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – An 87-year-old man was found dead in a swimming pool at his Scripps Ranch home, San Diego Police said.

A family member contacted police at around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday regarding a drowning at a home in the 11700 block of Birch Glen Court, just east of Lake Miramar.

SDPD officers and San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel arrived at the home and found “a male down in the bottom of a nearly empty swimming pool.”

“Despite performing first aid and life-saving measures, the male was pronounced deceased,” said SDPD Lt. Steve Shebloski.

The man was described by police as a white male who lived at the home.

Shebloski said there was something unusual about this drowning case, adding, “During the preliminary investigation into this male’s death, officers noticed circumstances that were essentially considered suspicious.”

In response, detectives with the SDPD Homicide Unit have taken over the probe.

Police added, “There is no suspect information at this time.”

Longtime area resident Ron Hoppenstand told ABC 10News, “We’ve never seen anything like this before … I’m not sure what happened. You could think that he drowned in the pool and fell off.”

Hoppenstand also said the elderly man’s home was not well kept, adding, “It’s not in very good shape for Scripps Ranch.”

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the SDPD Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.