Suspect In Two San Diego-Area Sexual Assaults Found Dead

A suspect in two recent sexual assaults on female joggers has been found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

San Diego County sheriff's deputies found the body of 33-year-old Jason Luis Washington in his parked sport utility vehicle a few miles from his home at about 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Lt. Phil Brust said Washington's body was slumped over in the front seat, a pistol and a copy of a suicide note nearby.

It appeared he had been shot, Brust said, though an autopsy Wednesday will determine the exact cause of death.

The suicide note matched one investigators found inside Washington's home on Sunday, authorities said.

Investigators believe Washington, an ex-Marine who worked as a computer technician, was responsible for the rape of a 23-year-old Solana Beach woman Thursday and the attempted rape of a 15-year-old
girl in Rancho San Diego on Saturday.

An arrest warrant on two charges of kidnapping to commit rape was issued for Washington on Monday.

"We're relieved," Brust said.

Even though Washington is dead, the sexual assault cases will remain open and investigators will submit evidence into the DNA database, said Greg Thompson, director of forensic services for the sheriff's crime lab.

"We would continue to work the case to eliminate the possibility that he's not the guy and put DNA in the database to see if it matches any other (crimes)," Thompson said.

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