Woman Dies at Cliffs

Valentine’s Day beachgoers discovered the body of a young Asian woman on the cliffs overlooking Black’s Beach just after noon on Sunday, Feb. 14.

Passersby reported the body to lifeguards, who called a helicopter to the scene. The paramedic from the helicopter found the body already entering rigor mortis — the stage in which the body becomes stiff, about three hours after death ­— indicating she had been there for some time.

The body was spotted on the side of the cliffs, just below Gliderport. The woman, reported by officers to be 18 years old and from Milbrae, Calif., has yet to be publicly identified.

She was found near a flashlight and backpack, which police officers said leads them to assume she was trying to reach the beach at night, via the Torrey Pines Gliderport Trail. According to San Diego Lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum, the area sees an estimated 50 cliff rescues a year.

The body was covered in bruises and showed signs of blunt-force trauma, though the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office has not released a formal cause of death. The San Diego Police Department currently assumes the woman’s fall was an accident.

“She fell off the cliffs — if it’s an accident, it’s not a criminal nature,” a dispatch representative for the SDPD said. “So it’s being handled by the coroner’s office. For now, that’s all we have to go on.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the SDPD.

Readers can contact Hayley Bisceglia-Martin at [email protected].

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