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

The San Diego Police Department said Sunday that a 22-year-old woman whose body was found Saturday near a hiking trail in Tecolote Canyon died by suicide.

Police said an autopsy performed by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death.

Investigators have been in touch with the woman’s family and her name will not be publicly released, said Lt. Michelle Velovich.

“This time of year can be difficult for anyone who suffers from mental illness,” Velovich said. “We encourage those battling mental distress to seek help from anyone available to them.”

Velovich said that for immediate assistance, San Diego residents can call 911 or the police non-emergency numbers at (619) 531-2000 or (858) 484-3154.”

She said people can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255).

— Staff report

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