UPDATED: Police not classifying stabbing death near Birch Aquarium as a homicide

Police block an entrance to the crime scene off La Jolla Shores Drive Monday morning. Photo by Ashley Mackin

ADDENDUM: Police have identified the woman as Claudia Alvarez of San Diego. She was not homeless, as early reports suggested. Lt. Kevin Mayer said police determined the cause of death was not a homicide.

The death of a woman who was found with multiple stab wounds in a ravine near Birch Aquarium Monday morning, Jan. 13, is not being investigated as a homicide, San Diego Police said.

Authorities were called to Downwind Way near Expedition Drive in La Jolla about 7:15 a.m. after landscapers found the woman lying in a ditch a the foot of a canyon on the University of California San Diego property, police Lt. Jorge Duran said.

Detectives initially thought the death might be a homicide, but by Monday afternoon they had classified it as a suspicious death, Duran said.

The unconscious woman, believed to be in her 30s, was found about 10 feet down a slope behind a building belonging to the Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

She died at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla just after 8 a.m. Duran said.
–U-T San Diego

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5 Comments for “UPDATED: Police not classifying stabbing death near Birch Aquarium as a homicide”

  1. christina johnson

    I have heard that the body had stab wounds.

  2. Mary

    Multiple stab wounds, the medical examiner’s website says “homicide investigation” and we have a total blackout on information. How is this NOT a homicide? And why is there no further information being made public two weeks later? My condolences to the families of the two people who were shot at the mall, but there was all sorts of coverage for them. Why nothing for this poor woman? Does her family even know? How very sad!

  3. chris

    What happened to this story? It hasn’t had any news since January?

    • Pat Sherman

      Chris, San Diego Police identified the woman as Claudia Alvarez of San Diego. She was not homeless, as early reports suggested. Lt. Kevin Mayer said police determined the cause of death was not a homicide.

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