Authorities have identified the homicide victim found at the Encanto-Area campground

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San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office at the County Operations Center.
San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office at the County Operations Center. Photo by Ken Stone

Authorities on Tuesday publicly identified the homicide victim whose decomposing body was found in a makeshift camp in the Encanto area over the weekend.

The remains of Leonard Watkins, 62, were found near the 400 block of 61st Street around 1:45 p.m. Saturday, the agency said. San Diego Police Department.

Because Watkins’ body was in a state of decomposition, the manner of his death was not immediately known, SDPD Lt. Judd Campbell said.

“During (Watkins’) autopsy, the medical examiner found a traumatic injury to (his) upper torso, indicating that (his) death was a homicide,” the lieutenant said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the circumstances of the victim’s death remained unclear.

“The Homicide Unit (SDPD) is working to gather evidence and interview witnesses,” Campbell said. “The investigation is ongoing and no suspect information is available at this time.”

The City News Service prepared this article.


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