The body of a homicide victim found burning on a dirt road in Alpine last weekend has been identified, officials from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department announced Thursday.
According to investigators, the victim is Kimberly Renee Hayes, 35, a resident of Lakeside. The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office has determined that Hayes’ death was a homicide.
On Sunday morning, just before 5 a.m., an employee of the Sweetwater Authority reported the discovery of a body on fire on a dirt road off the 17500-block of Sequan Truck Trail in San Diego’s Alpine area.
When deputies arrived, they found a gruesome scene: the victim’s remains still smoldering on the roadway.
Until Thursday, no information had been released about the victim. Further details surrounding the homicide case have not yet been disclosed by investigators, including a motive or possible suspect.
A friends of Hayes’ spoke with NBC 7 Thursday and said Hays had a troubled life, and a drug problem. The friend, who hadn’t seen Hayes in more than a year, said Hayes would often hang out with the wrong people.
Anyone with information on this case should contact the sheriff’s Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321 or after-hours at (858) 565-5200. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers with information on this case at (888) 580-8477.