OCEANSIDE, Calif. – The burning body of a retirement-age man believed to have committed suicide by setting himself on fire was found Friday in the backyard of a North County home.
Emergency personnel responding to a report of a possible structure fire found the dead man, believed to have been in his late 60s to early 70s, behind a home in the 3200 block of Navigator Circle in Oceanside shortly after 4:30 a.m., according to police.
Though preliminary evidence indicated that the man intentionally set himself on fire as a means of suicide, a final ruling on the manner of his death was on hold pending completion of an investigation by the county Medical Examiner’s Office. Lt. Kedrick Sadler said.
The deceased man’s name was withheld.
The suicide crisis hotline can be reached by calling 888-724-7240 or visiting www.up2sd.org