RANCHO SANTA FE — David and Kathy Stonebreaker, brother and sister-in-law of murdered Del Mar veterinarian Dr. Robert Stonebreaker, are attempting to solicit funds for a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of his killer.
“It’s been a year-and-a-half and there has been no progress in the case. We know someone out there knows what happened. There is a killer out there walking around and somebody knows something,” Kathy Stonebreaker said. “We don’t have the full amount and are hoping that his friends, acquaintances, associates and colleagues will donate whatever they can afford to the fund.”
Robert Stonebreaker, 53, was the owner of the Animal and Bird Hospital in Del Mar. He also founded Freeflight, a nonprofit organization for rescued birds and for helping endangered species.
His death was first investigated as a traffic accident on Jan. 16, 2010, when his Porsche was found in a ravine near the intersection of Caminito de Conejos and Paseo Delicias in Rancho Santa Fe.
Investigators did not find the driver at the scene of the crash, but the next morning a homeowner on Paseo Delicias found Stonebreaker’s body in their driveway.
Investigators at that point believed they were investigating a fatal traffic accident and that Stonebreaker had left the scene of the crash in search of help.
His body was found about 1,000 feet from the crash site. The medical examiner’s office alerted investigators that Stonebreaker’s injuries were not consistent with that type of an accident, which led to his death being classified as a homicide.
Detectives are still working on the case, but an arrest is not imminent. Stonebreaker’s business and Freeflight have continued under the direction of his widow, Pamela.
David and Kathy Stonebreaker, who live in the Ontario area, hope the reward will motivate someone to speak to the detectives on the case.
“I wanted to say the detectives are doing a great job interacting with me and my wife,” David Stonebreaker said. “I just wish Pam would cooperate with the detectives.”
Sgt. Roy Frank, who is the supervisor of detectives investigating the case, said they are working to eliminate suspects and persons of interest.
“Mrs. Stonebreaker is a person we would like to talk to more in depth with,” Frank said. “Unless we can eliminate a person they are considered a person of interest and we will continue to evaluate the person.”
He said detectives have put in countless hours on the case. Frank is encouraging anyone with information to come forward.
“Anyone out there with information to help us solve this case, whether they realize it or not, it’s important we talk to them,” he said. “It is our goal to solve this case and hold the person responsible accountable.”
Donations may be made to the Robert Stonebreaker Reward Fund, c/o Certified Federal Credit Union, 5601 E. Washington Blvd., Commerce, Calif., 90040. The phone number for information at the credit union is (323) 859-2250.
The Sheriff’s Department has also put out a Crime Stoppers reward to aid in solving the mystery. Anyone wishing to offer information may do so anonymously by calling
1 (888) 580-8477.