Body of Palm Desert man, 62, found in truck stop parking lot

THOUSAND PALMS — Authorities are investigating after the body of a 62-year-old Palm Desert man was found in the parking lot of a Thousand Palms truck stop Thursday afternoon, Dec. 27.

The victim’s lifeless body was discovered outside the Flying J Travel Center, at 72235 Varner Rd. Foul play was not suspected in the man’s passing, according to sheriff’s officials.

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Deputies assigned to Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station began investigating the man’s death after receiving reports of a body found at the truck stop around 1:20 p.m., Riverside Sheriff’s spokesperson Deputy Robyn Flores reportedly told City News Service.

Although the victim’s body was found yesterday, it was not immediately known when or how the man died. His name has not yet been publicly released, pending further investigation and notification of the man’s family, according to a Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s release.

Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station at (760) 836-1600. Callers can refer to incident file number O183610017 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.


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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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