The brief time at home was Tamuty's last.
The soldier was absent without leave from the Army, faced an arrest warrant in Texas and a prison sentence in Florida -- troubles family members knew about but thought Tamuty would confront after his stay in California, they told the paper.
Within a week of his visit, however, the 28-year-old Iraq war veteran and new father was found dead, curled up inside the back of his SUV in a nearby San Marcos parking lot.
Toxicology results and Tamuty's official cause of death are pending. Authorities, however, do not suspect foul play.
Read more: North County Times