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By Miriam Raftery

April 17, 2024 (Spring Valley) – Sheriff’s deputies from the Rancho San Diego Station responded to a call yesterday morning reporting that someone was trying to break into a residence in the 800 block of La Presa in Spring Valley. Deputies entered and found a female victim with head trauma.

“Deputies immediately began life saving measures until relieved by paramedics. Unfortunately, the victim passed away on scene” says Lieutenant Michael Krugh.  She has been identified as Ashley Bird, 35.

The suspect, her husband, Christopher Bird,39,  was later found deceased in a vehicle.His body was found by law enforcement in Orange County. 

“There are no outstanding suspects and no apparent danger to the community,” says Lt. Krugh, adding that there no other persons of interest.

The Sheriff's Homicide Unit is investigating and gathering more evidence. The motivation and circumstances of the crime are still under investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (858) 285-6330/after hours at (858) 565-5200.  You can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.


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