San Diego

Deaths of 2 Homeless Men in Otay Mesa Prompts Suspect Search

Two homeless men were found dead with significant injuries to their upper torsos Wednesday.

San Diego police are searching for suspects Thursday connected with the deaths of two men outside a store in the Otay Mesa strip mall.

Officers are actively looking for potential suspects in this case, said SDPD Lieutenant Mike Holden with the SDPD Homicide Unit.

Police are investigating their deaths as a double homicide, as both men were found with significant injuries to their upper torsos Wednesday.

The SDPD Homicide Unit is waiting for the San Diego County Medical Examiner's office to determine the victims' cause of death.

No description on any potential suspects was immediately available.

The men were found at approximately 2:45 a.m. at the CVS shopping center at the intersection of Palm Avenue and Beyer Way. 

The patrol officer was doing a routine check of the area when he noticed there was no movement from the two men. A power washer nearby saw the men laying outside the store but believed they were sleeping, police said.

Police say they are certain the crime was a double homicide at this time.

Volunteer Ed Coluna said one of the men had mental health issues and was on medication. Investigators have not identified the victims but described them as white men, ages 56 and 61.

Police have not yet taken any suspects into custody.

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