Hike sentence

Man gets 7 years in prison for Carlsbad hiker’s death

The accused, Haloa Beaudet, was arrested when she was a minor and charged with the murder of Lisa Thorburg and is now 18 years old.

SAN DIEGO — A man has been sentenced to seven years for the murder of Lisa Thorborg who he pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing on a Carlsbad hiking trail when she was 17.

The accused, Haloa Beaudet, was arrested when she was a minor and charged with the murder of Lisa Thorburg and is now 18 years old. He admitted to a murder charge filed against him in connection with Thorborg’s death on November 23, 2020, and pleaded guilty on August 18.

Beaudet is also required to pay $2,110 in damages.

Prosecutors allege Beaudet’s DNA was found on the victim’s shorts and surveillance photos showed the defendant in the area shortly after the murder. Other photos taken by hidden cameras showed Beaudet on the same hiking trail a few days later.

At a preliminary hearing in 2020, the teenager’s grandmother said he was a “lovely boy” with no history of gun ownership.

“Easy-going, loving, respectful. Everyone who met him said what a polite young man he was,” Christie Hernandez, the grandmother, told the court in 2020.

But prosecutors said that while living in Oregon, Beaudet was suspended from school multiple times for getting into fights.

The 68-year-old woman’s body was found along a pathway in Hosp Grove on November 23, 2020. She had blood on her face and under her head, police said.

Members of the Carlsbad community came together in November 2020 to “Finish Lisa’s Walk” – a way to honor Thorborg as they completed the hike she couldn’t.

Theresa Dooley, who coordinated the Finish Lisa’s Walk, said: “We want to walk for this beautiful woman today to honor her memory. I didn’t know her personally, but she was a very beautiful spirit and she loved to hike.”

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