UPDATE: Murdered Riverside woman’s son arrested after found with dead mother’s car
UPDATED: Friday, June 22, 6 p.m.
(See original story and photos below.)
Officials have identified a victim whose body was found in a shallow ravine near the base of Box Springs Mountain in Moreno Valley, Thursday, June 21. Riverside police officials later confirmed that the victim, who was reported missing from her Sycamore Canyon residence early Wednesday morning, was the alleged suspects mother.
Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials identified this morning Mica Maddock, 51, of Riverside, as the woman found deceased just feet from Gernert Road near Pettegrew Road in Moreno Valley.
Aaron Allen Aubrey, a 24-year-old transient from Riverside, was arrested after he was found in possession of Maddock’s vehicle at an apartment complex in Corona. He was initially detained as a person of interest in his mother’s disappearance and booked into jail on suspicion of vehicle theft, identity theft, and violation of parole; however detectives later added the charge of murder after finding the woman’s remains in an area “known to be frequented by the suspect,” officials said in an updated release.
Officials have not stated if there is a known motive for Maddock’s murder and citing their ongoing investigation, have not released any further information.
Anyone with additional information regarding Riverside PD’s investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Rick Cobb at (951) 353-7135 or by email, or Detective Karla Corbett at (951) 353-7134 or by email. Callers can refer to incident file number P18113884 and can remain anonymous.
ORIGINAL STORY: Parolee found in Corona with missing Riverside woman’s car, officials discover remains in Moreno Valley
Details are beginning to emerge after a parolee was arrested and charged with the murder of a woman who was reported missing from Riverside the day before.
The victim – who has not yet been publicly named – was reported missing from Riverside’s Sycamore Canyon neighborhood on Wednesday, June 20.
Riverside PD’s subsequent investigation covered at least three cities, including Riverside, Corona, and Moreno Valley.
The alleged suspect was later identified as 24-year-old, Riverside area transient, Aaron Allen Aubrey.
He was found in possession of the missing woman’s vehicle and a woman’s body was found the following day in Moreno Valley near the base of Box Springs Mountain.
Although officials have not yet publicly connected Aubrey with the un-named missing woman’s death, he has since been booked into jail on multiple charges, including murder and vehicle theft.
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The investigation began early Wednesday morning, June 20, when a man called Riverside PD about 3:40 a.m., to report that his common-law wife was missing and had not been seen since the prior evening.
After responding to a home on the 5800 block of Fair Isle Drive, officers learned that when the reporting party returned home from work that morning, his wife was not home as expected and her vehicle was not at the residence.
“He became more concerned when she was not answering or returning phone calls, and then did not show up to work later that morning,” officials explained in a social media release after Aubrey’s arrest.
Based on the circumstances, detectives from the department’s Robbery – Homicide Unit assumed the investigation and began gathering information and following up on leads.
Later the same day, at around 4:30 p.m, Aubrey was found in the victim’s car on Falmouth Ct. in Corona. He and the victim’s car were located on the south end of the Promenade Terrace Apartments, about 20 miles from the victim’s home.
Officials subsequently detained him “as a person of interest” in the woman’s disappearance, said officials.
According to jail records, Aubrey was booked into Robert Presley Detention Center nearly seven hours later on suspicion of vehicle theft, identity theft, and violation of parole.
The next morning officials continued their investigation with detectives focusing their search near the base of Box Springs Mountain in Moreno Valley.
With help from Riverside County Sheriff’s bloodhounds and recovery dogs from Search Dog Resources, detectives searched the area of Gernert and Pettegrew Roads.
Although officials did not specify what led detectives to search that specific area, which is just two miles from the victim’s residence, at around 11 a.m. that morning they located the deceased body of an adult woman in a shallow ravine, just feet from the roadway.
Officials cordoned off the entire area while detectives, forensic technicians, and Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s officials spent the remainder of the day at the scene searching for evidence related to the investigation. Throughout the afternoon and early evening, officials were seen documenting, photographing, and collecting items of potential evidence.
According to Riverside PD’s release, the identity of the deceased woman and official cause of death is still pending further investigation.
While officials have not detailed a direct connection between Aubrey, the missing woman, and the body found yesterday morning, jail records indicated that Riverside detectives added the charge of murder against Aubrey later that day.
Aubrey remains in custody and is being held without bail. Although he was scheduled to be arraigned at Riverside’s Hall Of Justice on his original charges later this morning, it was not immediately known if that arraignment was still scheduled or was being delayed to allow for the DA’s office to add the additional murder allegation to his other charges.
A Riverside County Superior Courts record search revealed Aubrey has one prior arrest in Riverside County. Court records indicate the May 14 arrest from this year was for obstructing or resisting a peace officer in the City of Perris. He was scheduled to be arraigned on that charge July 24.
Riverside PD’s investigation is continuing and citing their ongoing investigation, officials have stated there are no other details available at this time.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Rick Cobb at (951) 353-7135 or by email, or Detective Karla Corbett at (951) 353-7134 or by email. Callers can refer to incident file number P18113884 and can remain anonymous.
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Trevor Montgomery, 46, recently moved to Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations, including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook, as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and The Mountain Echo in Shasta 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. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s 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 – soon to be 15 – grandchildren.