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Pest Control Worker Killed in Apparent Fall on the Job Identified

The pest control worker killed in an apparent fall at an Escondido home Thursday has been identified as 66-year-old Jack Rafael Ruiz of Guatay, the Medical Examiner confirmed Friday.

Ruiz apparently fell from the side of the house, according to Escondido Police Sergeant Fred Cheatham.

The incident happened at approximately 1:40 p.m. on the 1400 block of Oak Hill Drive in Escondido at a house for sale by Renovation Realty. 

Dewey Pest Control workers were working at the home at the time of the fatal fall.

Ruiz was clearing junk in an area when his co-worker left the home for approximately two hours and returned to find him unresponsive on the back patio with injuries to his head, according to the ME report.

Ruiz' co-worker believes his partner must have fallen over 10 feet.  

He was declared dead at the scene and his death was ruled an accident.

No other information was available.

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