HEMET: Officials investigating after body found inside motel room

HEMET — Officials are investigating after the body of a person was found deceased inside the bathroom of a local motel. The body was found Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 9, at the Florida Inn. The motel is on the 1000 block of W. Florida Avenue, between Elk Street and Hamilton Avenue, in Hemet.

Officials are investigating after a deceased body was found inside a rented room’s bathroom at the Florida Inn. Gary Rainwater/Hemet Valley Incidents photo

City of Hemet Police and Fire personnel along with other emergency first responders were dispatched to the motel shortly after noon, after receiving a 911 call from a motel employee reporting they had found a person’s body inside a rented room.

The 911 caller told emergency dispatchers the body was inside a bathroom and the door was partially blocked by the victim’s body.

When officers arrived about one minute after the call was dispatched, they made entry into the motel room and confirmed the bathroom door was blocked by the victim’s body, making the bathroom inaccessible.

Officers requested assistance from responding firefighters, who eventually forced entry into the bathroom.

Although officers have not released any information regarding their active and ongoing investigation, an official at the scene explained that at that time it appeared to be a simple, unattended death and there was no immediate appearance of violence or anything that would indicate foul play.

Officials have not yet publicly identified the victim, pending further investigation, identification and notification of the victim’s family.

This is a developing story that will be update if additional information becomes available.

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Trevor Montgomery, who recently moved from Riverside County to Shasta County, runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook as well as 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, breaking his back and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries 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 27 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 14 grandchildren.

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