Body Discovered on Side of Road Outside Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

Encinitas, CA—On Thursday, August 25, 2022, a body was discovered along the side of Harmony Grove Road in Escondido, approximately one-half mile west of Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. The discovery was made around 7 a.m. by construction workers en route to a nearby project site and was immediately reported to local authorities.

According to reports, the body appeared to have been transported from another location and dumped at the site. A homicide investigation is ongoing.

The location of the discovery was well outside of EFRR boundaries, and access to the reserve via Harmony Grove Road was closed for the entire day on August 25 due to the ongoing sheriff’s investigation. EFRR park rangers were made aware of the incident, but Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve is not involved with the investigation in any way.

Harmony Grove Road was reopened in both directions by late evening on August 25 and EFRR resumed normal hours of operation the following morning. Visitors to EFRR are always encouraged to check local conditions prior to their visit and are also encouraged to contact park staff at 760-632-4212 with questions or concerns.

Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

8833 Harmony Grove Road
Escondido, CA 92029

Mailing Address
1966 Olivenhain Road
Encinitas, CA 92024


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