Deputies identify Solana Beach resident found dead inside home

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SOLANA BEACH, Calif. — Deputies have identified a Solana Beach resident whose body they found during a welfare check on New Year’s Day.

The identity of the victim, 64-year-old Thomas Merriman, was withheld Saturday when deputies announced a woman was facing a murder charge.

San Diego Sheriff’s deputies were doing the welfare check at a home near 100 South Nardo Avenue Friday afternoon when they called in homicide detectives. After getting a search warrant, detectives found Merriman’s body inside the home.

The sheriff’s department said Jade Sasha Janks, 37, was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of murder. She lives at the home where Merriman’s body was found, deputies said.

Authorities said the medical examiner’s office is continuing to investigate the cause and manner of Merriman’s death. Deputies identified him Sunday after his family was notified.

Anyone with information about his murder is asked to call the homicide unit at 858-285-
6330 or the after hours line at 858-565-5200. You can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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