By Gina Yarbrough
Santee, CA–San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a transient found lying face down on a dirt trail in Santee early Saturday morning, authorities said.
Deputies received a radio call, just after 2 a.m., to assist the Santee Fire Department with medical aid at the end of Chubb Lane, west of North Magnolia Avenue. When deputies arrived on the scene, they located a 66-year-old man face down on a dirt trail near a transient encampment. Paramedics arrived and provided CPR on the man. Despite life-saving measures, the man died at the scene.
Deputies said the man appeared to have trauma to his upper torso, but it is unknown if the trauma played a factor in his death.
The circumstances of his death are still under investigation.
The identity of the victim is being withheld until his family can be located and notified.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (858) 285-6330, or after hours at (858) 565-5200. You can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.