Photo by Alexander Nguyen

Authorities released the name Tuesday of a man found beaten to death last week in a San Onofre-area field being used as a makeshift camp by homeless people.

Robert Bretz, 59, was discovered dead early Thursday afternoon in the squatters’ settlement off Cristianitos Road, near South El Camino Real in the far northwestern reaches of San Diego County, according to sheriff’s officials.

An autopsy determined that the cause of Bretz’s death was blunt-force injuries and the manner homicide, Lt. Kenneth Nelson said.

No suspects in the case have been publicly identified.

— City News Service

Show comments