Elderly Man And Woman Found Dead In Carlsbad

by The Editors on January 19, 2009


Details are still emerging in the 2700 block of Chestnut Ave, in the rolling hills of Carlsbad East of El Camino Real this morning as Carlsbad Police continue to investigate the death of two elderly people. Three people were in the home when police arrived Sunday night, two were dead, and a third was “not arrested and was not injured” and was “cooperative with us,” according to Carlsbad Police Sgt Mickey Williams in an interview with San Diego 6 News.

A volunteer with the Carlsbad Police Department who was on the scene this morning, however, told neighbors that the two had died from gunshot wounds and that the third person had been “taken to the hospital.”
2Bodies2Neighbors gathered at the corner of Chestnut and Ames Place trying to make sense of the whole scene. “This has been going on since 1 AM,” said one woman who lives across the street from the couple.

The 2700 block of Chestnut has been closed since 5:30 AM and a mobile Carlsbad Police Crime scene unit along with four other vehicles is parked in the street outside the well kept home.

The deceased, reportedly a 90-year-old man and 78-year-old woman, were not well-known in their neighborhood, however, some remembered seeing the woman on walks either carrying her small dog or reading a book. “We know the people in most all the houses on the street, but we didn’t know them,” said one woman. “We were just talking about how we’ve never really seen people coming in and out of that house.”

“Are we in danger? I have children here,” another woman asked the volunteer officer. She was told that there is no danger, and that the Carlsbad Police have a car description and license number of the suspect in this case.

Another mentioned that this neighborhood has had its share of news lately. “You know that kid who was involved in the wreck that killed the mother and her baby lives just one block away,” she said.


[Monday, January 19, 2009 3:15 PM Update: Carlsbad Police Sgt. Mickey Williams again spoke to reporters at the scene and said that the third person was approximately 70 years old, lived in the home, and had been in the home with the bodies of the deceased for “several days.” Williams said investigators did not have to look very hard to find bodies once they began the search and that bothy were found in one room of the house.

WIlliams reiterated that there was no evidence of a robbery and that Police did not as yet have any motive. When asked if “murder suicide” had been ruled out Sgt. William’s said, “We have not ruled it out, but that is not the way we are investigating the case.”

We overheard crime scene investigators discussing whether “experts” needed to be brought in. A heavy set older man who was seen walking out of the home wearing a mask seemed to believe the “experts” were unnecessary.

As of 3:15 PM the medical examiner had still not arrived at the crime scene and Chestnut is still closed.]

[Tuesday January 20, 2009 8:00 AM Update: a Carlsbadistan News Tipper emailed to say that he “watched the two bodies being removed from the 2719 Chestnut Ave. home last night at 9:54pm and 9:57pm. The Coroner’s White Van left the scene at 10:04pm with the bodies inside.” Chestnut Avenue was still closed at 8:00 AM and the Crime Scene Investigation truck was still parked in the street.

9:00 AM Update: The large white Carlsbadistan crime trailer has now left the scene. The black CSI truck remains in front of the home with several black and white police cars. The detectives are working with coffee cups in hand and must be tired from working round the clock for nearly 40 hours. Carlsbad Police report the street should be reopened later this afternoon or this evening.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 7:30 AM Update: According to a Carlsbadistan News Tipster, “Sometime late last night the Carlsbadistan Police Department’s mobile command center, the black CSI truck, police cars, detectives, police officers and security guards left the crime scene at 2719 Chestnut Avenue and all yellow tape was removed. Chestnut Avenue was reopened to traffic as if nothing had ever occurred at the home. . . .As I drove by the home this morning, all looked normal. One small car was parked in the driveway.]

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Melissa January 21, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Shoot! We just closed on a house right up street last Friday. Welcome to the neighborhood.

What is going on? I wish they’d let us know if they think it’s a domestic thing or if the neighbors need to be on high alert.

In any event, I feel so bad for this poor couple and I pray that they did not suffer. I wonder why the woman’s brother never called 911 if he didn’t have anything to do with it. Hopefully, we’ll get answers soon.

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