PALM DESERT: Elderly woman found dead in spa, apparent drowning vctim

PALM DESERT – An elderly woman died after apparently drowning in a jacuzzi Saturday morning, April 22. The incident happened in the 500 block of Tomahawk Drive, within the Indian Ridge Country Club, in Palm Desert.

Cal Fire/Riverside County firefighters and other emergency first responders rushed to the location about 9 a.m., after a 911 caller reported finding the victim inside a spa at the location. She was found unconscious and was not breathing.

When firefighters arrived, they determined the victim was deceased, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Public Information Officers April Newman.

The victim has not been identified, pending notification of her family.

Riverside County Sheriffs officials are investigating the cause of the victim’s death. Their investigation is active and ongoing.


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Trevor Montgomery runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News and Anza Valley Outlook and also writes for Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg and breaking his back in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.