San Diego Police cruiser
A San Diego Police cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

Police on Monday booked a teen already being held on a vandalism charge in the stabbing death of a 49-year-old man found in Otay Valley Regional Park.

The suspect, Milton Daniel Tax Zuzun, 18, of Mexico, was arrested by the Chula Vista Police Department on Saturday in the 200 block of Rancho Drive in Chula Vista – near where the victim’s body would later be found. 

Tax was re-booked early Monday on one count of murder, San Diego police said.

In addition, police on Monday released the name of the dead man, Jose Gonzalez of Chula Vista.

Just before 10:50 a.m. Sunday, the San Diego Police Department received a call that a body had been discovered in the western portion of the park.

Police said detectives learned that the victim often frequented the area of the park where his body was found. The victim’s family had reported him missing to Chula Vista police on Saturday.  

The next day, family members located the victim’s body by a trail within the park near a location where the victim resided with his family.  Detectives say the suspect stabbed the victim to death after a brief argument.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to call the Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

City News Service

Updated 5:20 p.m. Jan. 30, 2023