Man Found Dead in Encinitas

Deputies responded to a body found in Encinitas on Thursday morning.

A man was found dead on the side lawn of a house on the 2900-block of Lone Jack Road around 9:40 a.m., according to the sheriff's department. Officials determined the victim had been shot.

Authorities arrested Michael Vilkin, 61, who lives in the same block, and charged him with murder. He was questioned over the course of the morning.

Earlier in the day, a car registered to Vilkin was at the scene. A woman got out of the car and asked where her husband was and after talking to deputies she then drove off. 

The area where the man's body was found is known as an upscale neighborhood in the Olivenhain community.

Lt. James Bolwerk said it appears two men were involved in a domestic dispute, but he would not clarify if the men were related or at which exact residence the incident occurred. The victim's identity has not been released.

Investigators believe there are no outstanding suspects.

On Thursday night, homicide detectives said they were still investigating the dispute involving Vilkin and the victim, which ultimately led to the fatal shooting. Detectives said they were vetting information for a variety of sources in order to piece together the events and motive for the shooting.

Officials said detectives are interviewing witnesses. A warrant has been obtained and a search of the Encinitas property is being conducted.

Officials said anything with information about the incident is asked to call the homicide unit at 858-974-2321 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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