Sheriff’s Department investigating death after body found in Encinitas


The body of a man was found Monday morning, Dec. 17, in a brushy creek bed about two blocks inland from Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas.

Sheriff’s officials received a call from someone who reported finding the body around 9:30 a.m. near B Street and Second Street, sheriff’s Lt. Dave Perkins said.

The location is a block from Encinitas Fire Station 1, and firefighters arrived before deputies and located the body behind the Cottonwood Creek Park tennis court on the corner of B Street and South Coast Highway 101, Sgt. Agustin Rosas said. That location is less than two blocks from the beach.

“Deputies examined the area and there was no preliminary evidence of injury or foul play discovered,” Rosas said in a statement. The county Medical Examiner's Office was called in to take custody of the body for identification and autopsy purposes, Perkins said. No information about how the person died or information about his identity was released.

Karen Kucher is a reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune. UT staff writer Alex Riggins and City News Service contributed to this report.