Mourners Grieve for Vet Who Died Mysteriously

By Eric S. Page
|  Friday, Jan 22, 2010  |  Updated 3:23 PM PDT
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Vet's Death Is True 'Whodunit'

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Vet's Death Is True 'Whodunit'

Homicide investigators are calling the death of a local veterinarian a true whodunit.
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Funeral services are set for Friday afternoon for a man whose death, police said, was no accident.

The memorial for Robert Stonebreaker is scheduled for Friday afternoon at St. John's Catholic Church at 1001 Encinitas Blvd. in Encinitas.

The prominent North county veterinarian, who investigators said may have been the victim of murder, was found dead in the driveway of a Rancho Santa Fe home early on Sunday morning. His Porsche was found about a half-mile away the night before, crashed down a 15-foot embankment. Police said that no blood was found in the car.

At first, investigators believed Stonebreaker walked to the home, then collapsed as a result of the injuries he received in the accident. An autopsy later revealed, however, that the 53-year-old's injuries weren't consistent with a car crash.

San Diego County Sheriff's Lt. Dennis Brugos said Stonebreaker was likely killed at the scene where his body was found and that he died of blunt force trauma.

Stonebreaker, who owned the Animal and Bird Hospital of Del Mar and a boarding facility for birds called FreeFlight, is survived by his wife, Pam and their two daughters, Kristen and Kelly.

Brugos is asking anyone with information about the case to call the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

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