At least a half-dozen San Diego patrol cars were called out Monday morning to what a spokesman called a "suspicious death."
First-responders arrived on the scene at Grape Street where it passes beneath Interstate 5 shortly before noon, where they found a woman's body with obvious trauma. Police told NBC 7 that the victim, who has not yet been identified, was in her 30s or 40s and is believed to have been a transient.
Evidence of a homeless encampment is visible beneath the bridge, although it's not yet confirmed where the stabbing took place.
Officers have shut down Grape Street under the freeway. The nearby entrance to I-5 south is also closed temporarily.
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Monday's incident is not the first disturbing news in recent memory for neighbors. A little over a year ago, a woman's body was found in a trash can about a block away on State Street.
The stretch of State Street between Hawthorne and Ivy streets where the body was found is little traveled, with a supporting wall for Interstate 5 on one side and just a few buildings and parking lots on the opposite side.
Anyone with information on the death of the woman who died Monday is being urged to call the SDPD Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293. Tips can be called in anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.