Elderly Woman Dies After Resort Robbery

A woman assaulted during a robbery at a Carlsbad resort was found dead a day later on her boat in Oceanside.

Friends found Barbara Novelich, 67, dead on Monday morning. Novelich had refused medical treatment from authorities after the assault, but friends said her son took her to a hospital on Sunday morning and she had been treated for facial lacerations and released.

Novelich was working as a clerk at the Tamarack Beach Resort early Sunday when a man demanding money punched her in the face and stole her car, according to investigators.
The county medical examiner could not immediately determine a cause of death or say whether it was related to the assault.
No suspects have been arrested in the assault and robbery.

The North County Times reported that Novelich described her attacker as a  white man in his early 20s who was about 5 feet 8 inches tall. He fled Novelich's 1998 Saturn SLR2 with California license plate 4BPV789.

Read the North County Times "Robbery Victim Found Dead at Home" story for more details.

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