Escondido Police Department homicide investigation update

ESCONDIDO (KUSI) – The Escondido Police Department has released an update regarding the two bodies found in the Escondido area on 08-09-18. They have arrested 33-year-old Juan Carlos Ortega at his place of work in the City of Carlsbad. The official release can be read below:

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Due to the conditions of the victim’s bodies and the circumstances surrounding their discovery, their identification is not going to be released until the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office has conducted scientific verification of their identities.

On 08-09-18, Escondido Police detectives arrested Juan Carlos Ortega (33) at his place of work in the City of Carlsbad. The Escondido Police Department does not believe that his employers had any knowledge of the incidents and they have been fully cooperative with the investigation.

The children located in the residence were not harmed and were found asleep in a bedroom when officers entered the residence. They have since been released to family members.

Many of the circumstances surrounding this case, including, relationships, potential motives, and the events leading up to the deaths, are still under investigation.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Escondido Police at 760-839-4722, leave an anonymous tip at 760-743-TIPS (8477), or via our Website at


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