Husband of Jamul Homicide Victim Faced Murder Charge in '90s

NBC 7 learned Monday that Winnie Whitby, the husband of a woman found dead in Jamul last weekend, was tried and acquitted of a double murder charge in Maryland in the 1990s.

Melissa Whitby, 49, was reported missing by her husband on Dec. 31, 2016, according to the SDSO.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Monday that the body discovered on a Jamul hiking trail on Saturday was that of Melissa Whitby.

Hikers discovered the body at about 3:44 p.m. on the 15000 block of the Skyline Truck Trail about a mile and a half away from the couple’s home.

The autopsy examination from the Medical Examiner’s Office revealed the cause of death was due to trauma in her upper body. Her manner of death was confirmed as a homicide.

All other details about the autopsy have been sealed by the ME’s office, while the homicide investigation continues. A suspect was not yet known.

Anyone with information about this incident can call the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail unit at (858)974-2321/after hours at (858)565-5200, or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888)580-8477.

If information helps lead to an arrest in this case, you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward, according to the SDSO.