Officials investigating Valle Vista homicide after man’s body found in driveway of vacant home

VALLE VISTA — Officials say they are investigating a homicide after the body of a man was found on the driveway of a vacant Valle Vista residence, Tuesday, Aug. 28. The discovery led officials to a home on nearby D. St., and officials spent much of yesterday morning and afternoon between the two locations, which are within short walking distance of each other.

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Deputies assigned to the Hemet Sheriff’s Station responded to the 25000 block of 4th St. about 9:15 a.m., after a citizen called 911 to report finding the body of a deceased male, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Wallace Clear explained in a written press release late last night

Officials are investigating a murder after a man’s body was found in the driveway of a vacant home in Valle Vista yesterday morning. Will Whelan/Hemet Valley Incidents photo

When deputies arrived they found the man’s lifeless body. Officials confirmed the victim had already succumbed to his injuries and officials pronounced the man deceased at the scene.

During their initial investigation deputies learned the victim lived at or was known to stay at a home on nearby D St. Deputies soon cordoned off 4th St, from Hwy 74 to E. St., designating the entire area a crime scene.

Based on evidence at the scenes, investigators from Hemet Station and the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Technicians from the department’s Forensic Services Bureau also responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.

Throughout the remainder of the rest of the afternoon, forensic techs and other officials were seen searching for, documenting, photographing, and collecting evidence that was possibly related to the man’s murder.

Citing their ongoing investigation, officials have declined to release any further details, including the identity of the victim, which will be released after the man’s family has been notified.

The Sheriff’s investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Paz at (951) 955-2777, or Hemet Station Investigator Roy at (951) 791-3400. Callers can refer to incident file number D182400029 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline online form.

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Trevor Montgomery, 47, recently moved to the Intermountain area of 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 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 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 14 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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