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'Suspicious death' investigated at Spreckels Mansion in Coronado

July 13, 2011 | 11:40 am

Police are investigating the "suspicious death" of a woman at one of San Diego County's most famous addresses: the Spreckels Mansion in Coronado.

Coronado police said they received an emergency call from a houseguest at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday. Police, firefighters and paramedics arrived at the scene and began lifesaving procedures but the woman could not be revived, authorities said.

"The scene indicated the death was suspicious," according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, which handles homicide investigations for the Coronado police.

The 27-room mansion was built in the early part of the last century by sugar baron John D. Spreckels, whose holdings included the Hotel del Coronado, the San Diego water and trolley systems and the San Diego newspapers. Local legend says he fled to Coronado after the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco.

The property, complete with wine cellars, exercise room, six bedrooms and ocean views, was listed for sale last year at $16.9 million.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego