Body of missing 83-year-old Vista man found

CARLSBAD, Calif. – The body of an elderly man, reported missing in North County, was found in Carlsbad, just south of Oceanside, a family member told FOX 5 Friday.

The granddaughter of Francisco Larios, 83, said authorities confirmed they found a body matching his description. San Diego County Sheriff’s Department officials said a body was found by a hiker in an open space in the Calavera Lake Preserve near Sky Haven Lane around 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

“For us, it’s just lots of questions," Karla Vargas, Larios's granddaughter, said. "How did he get here? I feel somewhat relieved that we know where he is, but also hurt because I’m not going to see him anymore."

Larios had recently suffered a stroke before disappearing from his home on Lado De Loma Drive Sunday morning.

Larios had never wandered off before. In addition to his recent stroke, Larios took heart medication and had high cholesterol, investigators said. Larios was known to stay with relatives, most of whom live in Escondido. He did not take a cell phone, wallet or money when he left, the department said.

“I miss him so much. We all miss him so much," Vargas said. “It’s going to be hard getting used to not having him around."

The medical examiner's office is still looking into his cause of death, but officials told the family there are no signs of trauma.

Anyone with information about the investigation has been asked to call the sheriff's department at 858-565-5200.