Carlsbad Police Department

Police ID Woman Found Stabbed to Death on Carlsbad Hiking Trail

The victim was on Hosp Grove Trail East between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Nov. 23 when she was stabbed to death

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The woman who was stabbed to death on a hiking trail in Carlsbad Monday has been identified by police.

Lisa Thorborg, 68, of Carlsbad, was on Hosp Grove Trail East between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday when she was killed. The trail is at Hosp Grove Park, near the 2600 block of Monroe Avenue and north of Carlsbad Village Drive.

Police launched an investigation into the woman’s suspicious death Monday when, just after 11:20 a.m., a passerby walking on the trail found the dead woman and called 911.

Officers closed the area and began searching for evidence. The CPD said a report from the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the woman had been stabbed.

The Carlsbad Police Department said the investigation is ongoing.

Meanwhile, the CPD said a tip from a citizen has identified a man who may have been in the area at the time of the woman’s slaying.

That man is described as between 5-foot-10 and 6-foot-3 with a husky build, tan complexion and dark-colored hair. He was wearing a black shirt, black shorts and possibly a black hat, police said. He walked slowly, with a slight shuffle or limp.

NBC 7's Dave Summers heard from hikers on the trail hours after police confirmed a woman found dead there Monday had been stabbed to death along the trail.

The CPD said it is unknown at this time if this person is related to the incident.  

Anyone with information on this case can reach out to the CPD at (760) 931-2165.

“We understand and share the community’s concern over this tragic case,” said CPD Lt. Jason Jackowski, who is leading the investigation. “We have devoted all available resources and are working around the clock to ensure justice for the victim and her family.”

Jackowski said extra police patrols have been assigned to the area.

Joggers and those who walk the trails are urged to walk with a companion and remain alert and aware of their surroundings.

"Makes me not want to come back to this place, honestly," said hiker Francis Mckinney, who grew up nearby.

Mckinney was walking the trail Tuesday evening with his girlfriend Megan Anderson. Their conversation with NBC 7 reporter Dave Summers was the first they heard about the violent attack.

"It is a bit overwhelming to think about," Anderson said.

Cris Vasquez came to the trail Tuesday with his dog and girlfriend. He said the killing brings about a lot of questions.

"You don't really hear about this stuff around Carlsbad and it's right next to the mall, a high traffic area," Vasquez said.

Police say they are using every available resource and working around the clock.

“We know the community wants answers, and we will release as much information as we can as soon as we can,” Jackowski said in a press release Tuesday. “Our main goal is to ensure the community’s safety and to complete a thorough, careful investigation. Information released by the Carlsbad Police Department and the County of San Diego Medical Examiner is the only verified information that has been released at this time.”

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