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San Diego police: 3 bodies found in trunk of car parked in Bay Terraces

Posted at 12:21 AM, Aug 12, 2019

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Three people were found dead inside a car parked in a Bay Terraces neighborhood, according to San Diego police.

Just before 5 p.m. Sunday, police received a call regarding a suspicious vehicle parked in the 2100 block of Jamie Avenue at Doti Point Drive.

A foul odor prompted neighbors to report the car, a silver or grey BMW with out of state license plates.

“Pnce the wind would start to blow a little bit, you can smell like, a really, like, it’s hard to explain. I’ve never smelled that before but I thought, well, maybe it was like trash or, you know, like that kind of smell but a very more pungent odor than that," a neighbor told 10News.

Responding officers arrived to find the car, and upon opening the trunk, three people were found dead inside.

Kevin Toughton grew up in the area and said it's not unusual for people to park and walk to nearby apartments. The BMW was parked three days before police were notified.

“It seems like somebody, you know, did what they did to these three innocent people and drove around, was looking for a stop to dump a car with three bodies in it," Toughton said.

Police confirmed two females and a male were deceased, but due to the condition of the bodies, their races are unknown.

The victims appeared to be in their late teens or early 20s, according to police.

This investigation is in its preliminary stages, and SDPD homicide detectives will be working with the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the identity of all three victims and the manner and cause of death.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to call San Diego police at 619-531-2299 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.