San Diego police make homicide arrest in Rancho Bernardo death initially thought to be result of crash

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Homicide detectives arrested a 19-year-old Escondido man Wednesday on suspicion of killing a 16-year-old boy whose body was discovered in a Rancho Bernardo roadway early last year, police said.

The death of the boy was initially thought to be the result of a traffic accident , but an autopsy later revealed he was slain, according to a statement Thursday from San Diego police homicide acting Lt. Michelle Velovich.

On Wednesday, homicide detectives arrested Angel Marceo Ramirez on suspicion of murder, Velovich said. Police did not release the victim’s name.

Jail records showed Ramirez was being held Thursday without bail in the San Diego Central Jail.

Around 11:25 p.m. on March 7, a caller reported the victim lying in the middle of Cresta Drive south of Rancho Bernardo Road, Velovich said. Officers responded and tried to revive the boy, but he died at the scene.

Based on evidence at the scene, San Diego police believed the boy died in a traffic incident, and investigators from the traffic division took over the case, Velovich said. But during an autopsy, the county Medical Examiner’s Office determined “the cause of death was a homicide and … not caused by a traffic incident.”Homicide investigators took over immediately, Velovich said, and Ramirez was identified as a suspect in the killing. The lieutenant did not say what evidence led to the teen’s arrest.Ramirez is expected to be arraigned Friday.

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