Missing suicidal woman with bloody neck laceration located after hours-long search

HEMET — Reports of an injured and wandering woman who may have tried to slash her own throat led to an hours-long search earlier this afternoon, Tuesday, Dec. 4. The victim was eventually located several miles from where she was first spotted, and she was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Today’s search included Hemet PD and CHP officers, Riverside County sheriff’s deputies, and a sheriff’s scent-tracking bloodhound, after 911 callers reported that a woman with a bloody laceration to her neck had possibly attempted to commit suicide.

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City of Hemet Police and Fire Departments, along with other emergency first responders, were dispatched to the area of Columbia St. and Devonshire Ave. about 12:30 p.m., after receiving reports of the injured woman wandering the streets.

A sheriff deputy with a scent-tracking bloodhound was used while officials tried to locate the injured and possibly suicidal woman. Robert Carter/Public Safety Incidents photo

Although officers and other emergency personnel began arriving in the area within minutes, by the time they arrived the woman had wandered off and was nowhere to be found.

Based on the circumstances and woman’s reported injuries officers requested additional resources, including more officers and volunteers, as well as deputies, air support, and a bloodhound from the sheriff’s department. CHP was also notified to be on the lookout for the injured woman.

Although the sheriff’s aviation unit was not able to respond, several deputies and a sheriff’s bloodhound – “Windy” responded to the scene to assist in tracking and locating the injured and potentially suicidal woman.

Despite spending about two hours searching area streets, alleyways, and parks, as well as local businesses and parking lots, officials were initially unable to locate the missing woman.

The search was eventually called off when the woman called 911 from the 600 block of Gibbel Rd., about five miles from where officials had been searching for her. It was not immediately known how the woman got from the first location to the home from where she called 911.

Officers and medical personnel responded to the home and found the woman was suffering from a possibly self-inflicted laceration to her neck.

After treating the victim at the scene, AMR medics transported her to Hemet Valley Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

Hemet PD is investigating the incident and officials have not yet released any information about their ongoing investigation.

Writer’s note: If you are feeling overwhelmed, alone, and considering suicide don’t suffer in silence. Help IS available and there are people willing to talk to you and help you through your difficult times.

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – a network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to those in crisis – 24-hours a day, at (800) 273-8255.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information is available.

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Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year 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 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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