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Alleged theft leads to body
ENCINITAS ---- Authorities looking into a possible stolen credit card found a body Saturday at a home on Neptune Avenue in Leucadia, authorities said.
After the discovery, homicide detectives shut down the 800 block of Neptune Avenue for hours while they conducted an investigation into the death.
A county Medical Examiner's investigator said it appeared that Bradley S. Wood, who lived at the home, died of natural causes or a drug overdose. The exact cause of death hasn't been determined, pending an autopsy
and toxicology results, said the investigator, Robert
Deputies discovered Woods' body after arresting Matthew Kerns, 20, of Oceanside on suspicion of burglary, attempted use of a stolen credit card and being under the influence of drugs, sheriff's Sgt. Chuck Yancey said.
The sergeant said Kerns tried to use Wood's credit card about 3 a.m. at an area convenience store, but a suspicious clerk called deputies when Kerns couldn't provide identification. The deputies who responded discovered that Kerns was carrying checkbooks with an address on Neptune Avenue.
When deputies went to that home, Yancey said, they found the door ajar and Wood's body inside. There wasn't any trauma to the body, but homicide detectives were called to the scene to investigate, the sergeant said.
Kerns was booked into the Vista jail and bond was set at $16,000. Yancey said deputies recovered Wood's credit card, checkbooks, passport and truck keys.
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