Two possibly linked suspicious deaths discovered miles apart in Escondido area

ESCONDIDO (KUSI) – The bodies of two women whose suspicious deaths were believed to be related were found Thursday in the Escondido area, one in a burned-out SUV and the other in a home a few miles away, authorities reported.

Firefighters extinguishing a blaze that engulfed a vehicle parked near the intersection of Country Club and Kauana Loa drives in the unincorporated Harmony Grove area shortly before 4:30 a.m. discovered a body inside it, sheriff’s Lt. Karla Menzies said.

Detectives investigating the fatality traced the gutted SUV to a residence about 2 1/2 miles to the east, in the 500 block of West 11th Street, near South Centre City Parkway, according to the Escondido Police Department. Inside the home, the body of a second woman was discovered about 6:30 a.m., EPD Sgt. Mike Graesser said.

The names of the deceased were not immediately available, and their causes of death were unclear.

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The two fatalities were believed to be connected in some way, Graesser said. He declined to elaborate.

Homicide detectives were called in to investigate the deaths.

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