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Authorities tight-lipped over death of Rainbow couple

Thursday, August 7th, 2014
Issue 32, Volume 18.
Debbie Ramsey
Managing Editor

Authorities have remained tight-lipped over the investigation taking place into the death of a couple believed to be the longtime owners of a nursery in Rainbow.

"We won’t be releasing any details about this incident in case this ends up being a criminal case; it is still an active investigation," said Sheriff’s Homicide Lt. Glenn Giannantonio on July 31.

The bodies of the couple were discovered by firefighters when they were called to battle a residential house fire on the nursery property shortly after midnight on Friday, July 18 in the 1800 block of Rice Canyon Road.

Giannantonio said the San Diego County Medical Examiner has not released positive identifications on the couple, but has made contact with relatives of the nursery property owners who lived in the home.

"The Medical Examiner has determined the cause of their deaths but not the Advertisement
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manner of death at this time," he said. "We have sealed the autopsy in the event this becomes a criminal case."

Giannantonio explained that a "cause of death" reveals what physically caused the individuals to die.

"The manner of death is the action that led to that cause of death," he said. "In that regard, it has to be determined if the death was caused by another person, if it was an accident, or, in this, potentially a suicide."

"We need to determine whether this was an intentional action or not," said Giannantonio. "There is also a possibility that the manner may not be able to be [precisely] determined."

Currently, the Sheriff’s Dept., Homicide Detail, and Bomb/Arson Unit are working collectively on the ongoing investigation.

"We are very thorough and meticulous; we also have various items undergoing lab studies," said Giannantonio.



Comment Profile ImageRAIDER FAN
Comment #1 | Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 6:57 am
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Comment #2 | Friday, Aug 8, 2014 at 8:47 am
Whatever happened, it's incredibly tragic and sad. The Hong's were a pleasure to work with and genuinely nice people.
Comment Profile ImageQuestion
Comment #3 | Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 at 9:11 pm
Isn't their nursery the nursery that got busted with the marijuana plants a couple months ago?
Comment Profile ImagePessimistic
Comment #4 | Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 12:09 pm
Really, 'Question', you have to start rumors such as this. I highly doubt it! WTH?
Comment Profile Imageonthehill
Comment #5 | Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 2:04 pm
#3 the answer is no

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