Wife Suspected of Killing Local Navy Doctor

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    Officers doing a welfare check made a grisly discovery in North Park on Monday.

    According to investigators, police were sent out to an apartment in the 3700 block of Grim Avenue at about 6:15 a.m. after a concerned supervisor from Naval Medical Center San Diego called to say a man had missed work for two days. The officers determined the apartment was locked and had to break a window to gain access. Inside, the officers found a man inside a bedroom, dead.

    Police also found a woman believed to be the man's wife in the same room, suffering from multiple injuries. The seriously injured woman was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery.
     

    Neighbors and friends identified the couple as Dr. Fred Trayers and his wife, Jennifer.

    San Diego police homicide Lt. Kevin Rooney said the ages of the couple living in the apartment -- the man is 41; the woman, 42 -- were consistent with the pair found inside.

    Detectives won't confirm the names of the man and woman, but Rooney said that investigators believe the wife killed her husband.

    According to a colleague, Dr. Trayers was a member of Wilderness Medical Society.  He practiced emergency medicine and was trained to help people in disaster zones all over the world.

    "He was just a nice guy," said Loren Greenway.  "He'll be a great loss to the society and the practice of medicine and, specifically, the practice of emergency medicine."

    Dr. Trayers' wife is now being guarded by officers at a local hospital as detectives determined if charges should be brought against her.

    A motive for the killing has not been released.