Receive alerts from your local agencies
...or text your ZIP CODE to 888777 for mobile alerts

Full Notification

Escondido Police Department
Friday August 10th, 2018 :: 03:39 p.m. PDT


An update to this message has been issued.

Escondido Police Department Homicide Investigation Update

CONTACT: Lt. Kevin Toth
PHONE: 760-839-4444
DATE: 08-10-18

Due to the conditions of the victim’s bodies and the circumstances surrounding their discovery, their identification is not going to be released until the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office has conducted scientific verification of their identities.
On 08-09-18, Escondido Police detectives arrested Juan Carlos Ortega (33) at his place of work in the City of Carlsbad. The Escondido Police Department does not believe that his employers had any knowledge of the incidents and they have been fully cooperative with the investigation.
The children located in the residence were not harmed and were found asleep in a bedroom when officers entered the residence. They have since been released to family members.
Many of the circumstances surrounding this case, including, relationships, potential motives, and the events leading up to the deaths, are still under investigation.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Escondido Police at 760-839-4722, leave an anonymous tip at 760-743-TIPS (8477), or via our Website at

Escondido Police Department
1163 N. Centre City Parkway
Escondido, CA 92026

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 760-839-4722

Navigate & Discover