Rancho Santa Fe homicide victim ID’d

RANCHO SANTA FE — Homicide detectives are investigating the death of resident Kenneth Howard Gerber, 62, a doctor who was found outside a residence in the 4600 block of Sun Valley Road Aug. 17 around 11 a.m. 

According to Sheriff’s homicide Lt. Larry Nesbit, Gerber’s body was found in the front yard of the home he lived at. Nesbit said he couldn’t confirm whether it was Gerber’s property.

Nesbit said an acquaintance of Gerber first notified police of the homicide. Nesbit declined to state further details about the circumstance and acquaintance.

Paramedics arrived and confirmed the male was deceased. Due to “suspicious circumstances,” homicide detectives and crime lab personnel were requested at the scene, Nesbit said. A preliminary investigation was then conducted.

Following an autopsy that was performed the next day, the case was classified as a homicide. Nesbit said he couldn’t release more information about the autopsy, as it’s still sealed. After the autopsy, detectives returned that day to the Rancho Santa Fe home to conduct additional processing of the scene, according to Nesbit.

No arrests have been made and there are no suspects in the case, Nesbit said.

Detectives are investigating possible motives, but Nesbit declined to provide more information.

Nesbit said this is the first homicide in Rancho Santa Fe this year.

Anyone with information about the homicide is urged to call homicide detail at (858) 974-2321.


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