Officials release names of two killed in Encinitas bluff collapse


Grandview Beach in the Encinitas community of Leucadia. (Google Street View photo)

North Coast Current

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office has released the names of two of the three beachgoers who died as the result of a bluff collapse Friday, Aug. 2, at Grandview Beach in the Encinitas community of Leucadia.

The victims’ next of kin have been notified, the Medical Examiner’s Office stated in its report released Saturday, Aug. 3.

Anne Clave, 35, of Encinitas died at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla about five hours after the incident, the Medical Examiner’s Office reported. Julie Davis, 65, died at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas about an hour after the bluff collapse.

A third victim died at the scene of the incident. The Medical Examiner’s Office did not release that person’s name in its initial report, but on Monday, Aug. 5, it identified her as Elizabeth Charles, 62, of San Francisco.

Social media and news media reports on Saturday stated that the three victims were members of an Encinitas family — a mother, daughter and aunt. TV news outlet NBC 7 San Diego originally identified the third family member as Elizabeth Cox. The family was featured in a 92024 Magazine story in 2016.

The portion of bluff fell on beachgoers at Grandview Beach near the 1700 block of Neptune Avenue in Leucadia just before 3 p.m. on Aug. 2, the city of Encinitas stated.

Grandview Beach access was reopened Aug. 3, but the area affected by the bluff failure remains cordoned off and additional signage has been posted, according to an update from the city. The city’s geotechnical engineer states that homes above the bluff do not appear to be at risk as of now.

In light of the bluff failure and natural instability of such beachside features, authorities remind beachgoers to avoid areas near or under bluffs and recommend a distance of 25 to 40 feet away.

(Story updated 8/3/2019 at 5:20 p.m.)
(Story updated 8/6/2019 at 1:10 a.m.)

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