The car was parked in the Southwest corner of The Island @ Carlsbad Shopping Center near Faraday and College just off Van Allen Way. The woman had apparently been stabbed.
At 5 PM the entire Island @ Carlsbad parking lot including Van Allen Way south of Faraday was closed and the Carlsbad Police Department Crime Investigation unit was on the scene. The investigation is on going.
[Editors’ Update November 10, 2012: According to a story on NBC San Diego here are the details. The woman who died was a dental assistant named JoAnne Javier, 24. Her boyfriend, John Monta, 28, (right) of Linda Vista (and father of Javier’s three-year-old child) was arrested shortly before 10 PM on Friday in Linda Vista.
After an hour-long stand-off, officers were able to coax Monta out of the home and he was taken into custody on suspicion of Javier’s murder. . . Monta’s father told NBC 7 that the suspect is dying from lymphoma and had just undergone a bone marrow transfusion. When Monta surrendered to police, he exited his Linda Vista home carrying a medical bag in his hand.
According to police Monta’s silver car was caught on surveillance cameras in the parking lot where Javier was found and that lead them to him. Monta was reportedly booked into Vista Detention Facility on one count of first-degree murder. He will appear in court on Wednesday.
This photo from Google Maps street view shows the location where the woman was found in her car.