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Carlsbad Woman Charged With Homicide

Carlsbad resident Julie Harper was arrested Wednesday afternoon for the death of an unknown man.

Carlsbad Police charged 39-year-old Carlsbad resident Julie Harper with homicide, authorities announced Wednesday.

The arrest is in connection with the death of an unknown man who was found late Tuesday.

Officers conducting a welfare check at about 11 p.m. Tuesday found the body of the man, believed to have been in his 30s, inside the home in the 2400 block of Badger Lane in Carlsbad, according to police, who described the death as a suspected homicide.

The deceased man's identity remained unconfirmed in the mid-afternoon, though a statement released by Suzette Lovely, superintendent of , suggested that the body found in the home might be that of Jason Harper, a geometry teacher.

"We are in close communication with the concerning a death in the community," Lovely stated. "We have unconfirmed reports that one of our employees may have been a victim in this incident. At this time, we are awaiting confirmation and further details from officials in law enforcement. As information becomes available, we will be sharing this with our staff and (the) community."

Harper was arrested at about 3 p.m. in Scripps Ranch and is booked at the Vista Detention Facility. Her three children, 18-month-old Joshua, 6-year-old Jackie and 8-year-old Jake were found unharmed and are in the custody of Carlsbad Police.

According to published accounts, Julie Harper filed for divorce last week, accusing her husband, Jason, in court papers of being profane, aggressive and violent toward her and their children. 

According to neighbors, Julie worked as a real-estate broker. 

–City News Service contributed to this report

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