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Carlsbad hikers discover woman's body covered in blood; police say she was stabbed

The cause of death is unknown at this time, but police are calling the death "suspicious."

CARLSBAD, Calif. — Editor’s Note: News 8 has confirmed that the location of Lisa Thorborg’s body was Hosp Grove Trail West. Initial police reports stated the east side of the trail. The correct location has been updated in this story.

Update 11/24/20 1:30 p.m.

On November 24, Police investigators and the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that the deceased female found on the Hosp Grove Trail West was stabbed.

The victim, identified as a 68-year-old white female from Carlsbad, was walking or jogging on the trail when the stabbing occurred.

A citizen tip has identified a man who may have been in the area at the time of the incident as a white or Hispanic adult, 5’10” – 6’3”, husky build, tan complexion with dark hair. He was wearing a black shirt, black shorts and possibly a black hat. The man was walking slowly with a slight shuffle or limp. It is unknown at this time if this person is related to the incident.

Investigators would like to reiterate, anyone who witnessed or heard anything suspicious in the area of Hosp Grove Trail West, located near the 2600 block of Monroe Street, on Nov. 23 between 10 a.m. and noon, to call the Police Department at 760-931-2165.

“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.

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Carlsbad police are investigating the suspicious death of a white woman around 65 years old.

On Monday, hikers on a trail at Hosp Grove Park in Carlsbad found the deceased person shortly before 11:30 a.m., according to police.

Officers closed nearby Monroe Street between Hosp Way and Marron Road while investigating the fatality.

“At this time, we have no idea who this person is and that’s part of why we’re reaching out tonight. We believe that this incident occurred between 10 a.m. and 12 o’clock this morning,” said Lt. Kevin Lehan, with the Carlsbad Police Dept. 

Lehan stopped short of calling the death a murder, but he did refer to it as criminal. He said she was found lying on the ground, with blood on her head and underneath her body.

“White female, elderly, approximately 60 to 65 years of age. It appears that she was out walking, jogging or running on the trails,” Lehan said.     

Police said they believe the hiker who discovered the woman’s body called them immediately, but they still have very little information to work with.

Police are asking anyone with information to come forward. 

“We have a phone number set aside for information: 760-931- 2165. Any help would be appreciated so we can hopefully solve this horrific crime and then figure out how this happened and what happened,” Lehan said.