17-year-old arrested in Carlsbad trail stabbing death

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CARLSBAD, Calif. – Carlsbad police Monday arrested a teenager in connection with the death of a woman who was found stabbed multiple times on a local hiking trail.

The Carlsbad Police Department only identified the suspect as a 17-year-old male from Carlsbad, saying his age prevented further release of information.

“We understand that the community has been on edge since that tragic day in November when Lisa was found on Hosp Grove Trail,” Carlsbad police Lt. Jason Jackowski said in a news release. “Our unwavering mission has been to find the suspect for Lisa, her family and the community of Carlsbad.”

Police say they don’t believe there are any outstanding suspects in 68-year-old Lisa Thorborg’s death. She was found by a park visitor at around 11:15 a.m. on Nov. 23 near Hosp Grove Trail East.

Thorborg recently had moved to Carlsbad from Oregon, authorities said.

“I’m happy to hear someone got caught, but my curiosity is why,” neighbor Arden Friesen said.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Edward Schmiege, another neighbor “The murder itself is unbelievable but the time of day as well.”

At least 100 people honored Thorborg on Nov. 28 at a vigil called “Finish Lisa’s Walk.” The group walked the path Thorborg was believed to have been hiking when she was stabbed.

In a statement Monday, the family thanked Carlsbad police and the community for their “outpouring of support, love, and generosity.”

“Our family moved here with Lisa just six short months before her tragic death, and in a year dominated by COVID, there has not been much opportunity to meet our new neighbors and make friends,” the family’s statement reads. “Since the shocking news of Lisa’s death, however, there has been an endless outpouring of kindness and generosity that literally brings us to tears and warms our hearts.

“We want you to know that we feel SO loved and supported by this incredible community.”

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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