FAIRFAX (AP) — A man was found shot to death on a Northern California hiking trail with his wounded dog attached by leash to his hand.
A hiker found the body of a 67-year-old man around 6 p.m. Monday along a scenic trial about 20 miles north of San Francisco, the Marin County Sheriff’s Department said.
The victim was still holding onto the leash of a Doberman Pinscher believed to be his dog, Lt. Doug Pittman said. The dog was also shot, but it survived and was turned over to the Marin Humane Society, Pittman said.
Michael Carter of Fresno confirmed to the San Francisco Chronicle that his brother Steve Carter was the victim.
The Marin County coroner’s office declined to release the name of the victim.
“I’ve heard that he was murdered, but I haven’t heard anything other than that,” said Michael Carter, adding that he knew of no one who disliked his brother. “I can’t imagine that it’s anything other than a random thing. All of it seems very random and unbelievable. Nothing makes any sense.”
Steve Carter was a prominent teacher of massage, the Chronicle reported.
The victim is believed to have driven to the trail near Fairfax, California, in his silver 2003 Volkswagen Jetta station wagon, Pittman said. The car was missing and believed to have been stolen by the killer.
Anyone who spots the car should treat the occupants as armed and dangerous, Pittman said.