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Two women’s bodies found at site of car crash in Lakeside yesterday with "suspicious" evidence


By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Dennis Richardson


June 30, 2010 (Lakeside) – San Diego Sheriff’s Department today announced that it is investigating the deaths of two women found yesterday as homicides. The bodies were found approximately a mile and a half north of Slaughterhouse Canyon off the eastbound side of Highway 67 in Lakeside after a neighboring property owner reported that he had found a dark blue vehicle that plunged 200 to 300 feet down an embankment.


During the preliminary investigation CHP officers observed specific conditions with the vehicle at the crash site that were not consistent with this being a vehicle accident. Also, at least one injury on one of the two adult female decedents, found in close proximity to the vehicle, appeared to be of a suspicious nature. As such, the Sheriff’s Department was notified.


A law enforcement source at the scene informed East County Magazine that the vehicle, which landed upside down, was spotted by a property owner nearby who reported it at 3:45 p.m. It is not known when the crash occurred. "It could be a few days ago," said Brian Penner, CHP spokesperson, who added that no skid marks were seen on the roadway.


Penner later issued a statement that "suspicious evidence" was found at the scene, but declined to state the nature of the evidence found. According to Incident Page Network, two victims were ejected, both pronounced dead at the scene. Rescue workers and a helicopter searched the scene for any additional victims but found none.


The Sheriff’s Homicide Detail and Crime Lab are working in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol on this investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321/after hours at (858) 565-5200 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-TIPS(8477).


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