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Highway 67 crash now a murder mystery

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Michael Richardson's wife Thao Richardson and her mother Than Lyi. Richardson is the owner of a car found crashed near SR-67. Michael Richardson's wife Thao Richardson and her mother Than Lyi. Richardson is the owner of a car found crashed near SR-67.
News 8 attempted Wednesday to speak to the registered car owner, 57-year-old Michael Richardson. News 8 attempted Wednesday to speak to the registered car owner, 57-year-old Michael Richardson.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - An investigation into a suspicious crash off State Route 67 is being treated as a possible murder case. 

Homicide investigators from the San Diego Sheriff's Department have identified the two victims found near the wreck as adult females. Their identities and relationship have not been confirmed. One victim may be in her 60's and the other victim may be in her 30's, but Lt. Dennis Brugos says those are very rough estimates. He says, according to the medical examiner who was on scene, the bodies have likely been there for about 2 days and are partially decomposed.

The CHP initially responded to reports that a Honda Accord had been found a couple hundred feet down a ravine, to the east of SR-67 near Slaughterhouse Canyon Road between Poway and Lakeside.

CHP investigators then called homicide detectives to the scene after it was determined injuries sustained by at least one of the victims were inconsistent with injuries she might have sustained in a crash. According to Lt. Brugos, there is also something about the car itself that leads investigators to believe this might not have been an accident.

The CHP says it was around 3:45pm when the owner of the 13-acre property called 9-1-1 after discovering the overturned vehicle and two bodies.

The Honda Accord is registered to 57-year-old Chula Vista resident Michael Richardson and his 39-year-old wife, Thao. On Wednesday, Richardson refused to answer the media's questions about the crash, although he did speak to sheriff's homicide detectives.

Story contributors: News 8's Marcella Lee and Richard Allyn

This is the latest information. The original story is below.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - The aftermath of a car crash was discovered Tuesday in the Foster area, prompting officials to investigate when and why it happened.

The crash scene was reported at about 3:45 p.m. after a resident at State Route 67 near Slaughterhouse Canyon Road saw the overturned vehicle about 300 feet down a hillside.

Two bodies were also discovered and appeared to have been ejected from the car, described as a dark-colored sedan.

Investigators were looking into the circumstances surrounding the accident.

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