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Detectives talk to hikers in SLO homicide case

Detectives posted laminated fliers at the start of the Lemon Grove Loop Trail about Charles Lavenson’s death.
Detectives posted laminated fliers at the start of the Lemon Grove Loop Trail about Charles Lavenson’s death. jmellom@thetribunenews.com

Police detectives took to the Lemon Grove Loop Trail at Cerro San Luis Obispo Sunday afternoon to interview hikers in hopes of finding leads in the Charles Lavenson homicide case.

San Luis Obispo Police Department Lt. Jeff Smith said Sunday that detectives “talked to a lot of people,” on the trail, but have “nothing that’s pointing to a suspect just yet.”

The body of 63-year-old Lavenson, of San Luis Obispo, was found with a head wound on the afternoon of Oct. 23 at the base of the mountain near Lincoln and Mountain View streets. An autopsy found Lavenson died of blunt force trauma. A toxicological report is pending.

Smith said that detectives handed out many fliers and posted laminated fliers along heavily traveled spots of the trail in hopes that someone will offer leads.

Detectives have been trying to establish a timeline of Lavenson’s activities on the day he was found dead, Smith said.

Investigators have also been trying to determine whether several articles of clothing they found during an earlier search of Cerro San Luis Obispo are related to Lavenson’s death.

A memorial service for Lavenson was held Sunday afternoon at First Presbyterian Church of San Luis Obispo.

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