Carlsbad woman stabbed to death on trail

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CARLSBAD — Police released new information Tuesday about a woman found dead on a trail at a popular Carlsbad park.

Carlsbad police said the woman, a 68-year-old Carlsbad resident, was stabbed to death on Hosp Grove Trail East near Monroe Street.

Officers had the area blocked Monday after someone walking on the trail found the woman’s body around 11:15 a.m. The police department said the woman was walking or jogging when she was stabbed. Officers are not releasing her identity at this time.

No suspects have been identified but a tipster reported seeing an unidentified man who may have been in the area around the time of the stabbing. Police do not know if he was involved but they want to talk with the man.

He is described as a white or Hispanic adult between 5-feet 10-inches and 6-feet 3-inches tall with a husky build, tan complexion and dark hair. Police said he was wearing a black shirt, black shorts and possibly a black hat and was walking slowly with a slight shuffle or limp.

Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed or heard anything suspicious in the area of Hosp Grove Trail East near 2600 Monroe Street on Nov. 23 between 10 a.m. and noon to call the police department at 760-931-2165.

“We understand and share the community’s concern over this tragic case,” said Lt. Jason Jackowski, who is leading the investigation. “We have devoted all available resources and are working around the clock to ensure justice for the victim and her family.”

Extra police patrols have been assigned to the area. The police department is also sharing general advice for walkers and joggers:

  • Notify a family member or friend of exercise plans, including departure and return time
  • Jog or walk with a known companion
  • Be alert, walk with authority, look ahead and scan surroundings
  • Attempt to keep unfamiliar people at a distance
  • Always jog or walk in a familiar area; avoid being alone in heavily wooded, poorly lighted, rural or secluded areas
  • Be aware of surroundings; avoid wearing earphones that will prevent hearing surrounding activity
  • Wear bright colored clothing to improve visibility; avoid exercising after dark
  • Vary route and schedule. Seek immediate help from any nearby residence, open business or group of people if followed
  • Carry a cell phone to use for emergencies; minimize phone conversations, which distract and increase vulnerability
  • Be alert to someone who asks for directions and continues to engage in conversation

“We know the community wants answers, and we will release as much information as we can as soon as we can,” Jackowski said. “Our main goal is to ensure the community’s safety and to complete a through, careful investigation. Information released by the Carlsbad Police Department and the County of San Diego Medical Examiner is the only verified information that has been released at this time.”

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