The 17-year-old, whose age prevented authorities from releasing his name, was arrested Monday for the murder of Lisa Thorborg, a 68-year-old Carlsbad woman, local police officials announced in a press release.
Thorborg is believed to have been jogging or walking along a hiking trail within Hosp Grove Park when she was stabbed on the morning of Nov. 23. A passerby discovered her body and called police at 11:23 a.m., “when they noticed a woman lying on the trail,” police said.
Police said they do not believe there are other suspects involved in the attack. Police had previously described the wanted person as being a white or Hispanic man who was between 5-foot-10 and 6-foot-3, with dark hair and a husky build.
Thorborg had moved to Carlsbad, a small city near San Diego, from Oregon only months before her death.
Just weeks earlier, on Nov. 9, she had posted in an online message board that she was seeking a hiking partner, KFMB-TV reported at the time.
“Hiking anyone? I am looking for a friend to go hiking with. I am a moderate hiker, 68 years of age and I would love some company,” she reportedly wrote.