Man found dead behind Allied Gardens Rec Center is identified

SAN DIEGO - A 28-year-old man was found dead Monday under suspicious circumstances on a baseball field at Allied Gardens Recreation Center.

A 911 caller reported finding the body of the possible homicide victim, who was found lying face-up on a lawn at the city park facility in the 5100 block of Greenbrier Avenue shortly before 7 a.m., according to San Diego police.

He was identified as Aaron Randall Miller of San Diego, police said.

"He was cold to the touch and was pronounced dead at the scene," Lt. Manny Del Toro said. "There were no obvious signs of trauma, but after closer examination officers noticed a small potential wound in the torso area."

A cause-of-death ruling will be on hold pending completion of postmortem exams.

Anyone with information about Miller's death was urged to call the San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

Previously reported

SAN DIEGO -- A man's body was discovered Monday morning in the middle of a baseball field behind Allied Gardens Recreation Center, not far from a school.

Police responded after receiving a report of a man not breathing around 7 a.m. in the 5100 block of Greenbrier Avenue. At first, it appeared the man was sleeping.

“The groundskeeper went out to check on the person expecting just to wake him up and send him on his way. However, the person was unresponsive. The individual then called 911. They conducted CPR, but at that point it became obvious this person was deceased," said San Diego Police Lt. Manny Del Toro.

The man, who appeared to be in his 30s, had a small wound in the torso, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“There are some witnesses that indicate at various estimated times that there were some voices here in the park. They said it’s nothing too uncommon nothing shouts out there was a confrontation of any type," said  Lt. Del Toro.

Homicide detectives are investigating, and calling it a suspicious death. The county Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy Tuesday.

The rec center is near Lewis Middle School. School activities were not impacted, but residents are on edge.

“It worries me, there is a church right here, a preschool here, the pool is here, there’s kids around this neighborhood all the time. It’s lucky some adult found this and not one of the kids that is right here at the school," said Lisa Siemsglusz, a concerned resident.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the San Diego police or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.