A citizen tip identified a man who may have been in the area at the time of the incident as a white or Hispanic adult, standing between 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 3 inches tall, with a husky build, tan complexion and dark hair. The man was wearing a black shirt, black shorts and possibly a black hat, walking slowly with a slight shuffle or limp.
According to police, it is unknown at this time if this person is related to the incident. The victim was walking or jogging on the trail when the stabbing occurred.
“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.”
According to Jackowski, extra police patrols have also been assigned to the area.
The San Diego County medical examiner’s office has determined that the deceased female was stabbed, but police are still not releasing the victim’s identity.
Anyone who witnessed or heard anything suspicious in the area of Hosp Grove Trail East, located near the 2600 block of Monroe Street, on Nov. 23 between 10 a.m. and noon, is asked to call the Carlsbad Police Department at (760) 931-2165.
The Carlsbad Police Department is also sharing general safety tips for walkers and joggers, including:
- 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 and 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 and be alert to someone who asks for directions and continues to engage in conversation.