Story Timeline
Previous Next
This story has 3 updates

WEB-Missing-GirlSAN DIEGO – A body was found in the trunk of a car parked in front of a Kearny Mesa business complex was that of a 23-year-old woman who went missing last month, authorities said Saturday.

A patrol officer spotted the 1997 Toyota Camry registered to Grace Hall, of San Diego, in the 7700 block of Convoy Court shortly before 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Detectives searched the sedan and found the clothed body of a woman, SDPD homicide Lt. Jorge Duran told reporters.

The county Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Saturday the body was that of Hall, but said the cause of her death was pending.

On Tuesday, police sought the public’s help in finding Hall.

At the time of her disappearance, she was planning to travel to a home in Sherman Oaks for a job interview, authorities said.

The last known sighting of her was on March 20 in the 9100 block of Rebecca Avenue in Serra Mesa.

SAN DIEGO — Homicide detectives are investigating a body found in the trunk of a car parked in front of a sandwich shop in Kearny Mesa.

Police made the discovery while following up on a missing person’s alert.  As they patrolled the 7700 block of Convoy Court, they made the discovery.

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 5.15.16 PM“When detectives were inspecting the vehicle they located the body of a female inside,” said Lt. Jorge Duran, San Diego Police Homicide Unit.

Police discovered the female body in the trunk of a silver, four-door Toyota Camry sedan parked on street at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday. People who work in the area said the car had been parked there for more than a week.

Investigators said the victim had suffered trauma to her body.

“I would say blunt force trauma maybe, maybe a stabbing type of thing,” said Lt. Duran.

Duran added the victim was recently reported missing, but he would not confirm the identity.

“It is a missing person I would say a couple of weeks probably, they’ve been missing for a couple of weeks,” said Lt. Duran.Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 3.15.42 PM

Lt. Duran said the car belongs to Grace Anne Hall, a 23-year-old San Diego woman who was last seen about one month ago.  She was reported missing March 20th.  Hall was apparently on her way to a job interview in Sherman Oaks, but was never heard from since.  Police say her credit card was used March 27th in the Mira Mesa area, but she was never heard from.

Police did not confirm if the identify of the person found in car was Grace Hall.

The body has been taken to the Medical Examiner’s office for further investigation.  At this time the death is being ruled as “suspicious”, but signs already point to homicide.

“When a victim is found in a trunk it’s typically foul play,” said Lt. Duran.  “They wouldn’t voluntarily go in the truck of a vehicle let’s put it that way.”

Investigators were withholding the name of the person until they had a positive identification and family members could be notified..

WEB-Missing-GirlSAN DIEGO — Police asked for the public’s help Wednesday in the search for a 23-year-old San Diego woman who has been missing since she was supposed travel to a job interview in Sherman Oaks around one month ago.

Grace Anne Hall, who may be suffering from a medical condition, was last seen driving a silver gray Toyota Camry around 8 p.m. on March 20 in the area of 9100 Rebecca Avenue in Serra Mesa, according to a San Diego police statement.

She was supposed to travel to ‘’an unknown home’’ in Sherman Oaks for a job interview, the statement said.  Her credit card was used in Mira Mesa but has not been used since March 27, police said.

Hall is white, 5 feet 7, 150 pounds, with blonde hair, hazel eyes and tattoos on her back. She drives a 1997 four-door Camry, California license
plate No. 5FSY667.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts was urged to contact San Diego police Detective Mo Parga at (619) 531-2277 or the San Diego police general number at (619) 531-2000.