UPDATE: Body of missing Idyllwild man, 62, found

UPDATED: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m.

See Original Story below.

IDYLLWILD — Authorities today confirmed that the body of a missing Idyllwild man was located yesterday in Idyllwild. According to officials, the victim’s body was discovered just one street from where he had last been seen.

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, along with assistance from other area agencies, had been searching for Piotr Hopper-Jasinski since last Tuesday, after his concerned family reported him missing. Hopper-Jasinski was considered a critical, at-risk missing person due to medical conditions and the fact that he required daily medications.

Riverside Sheriff’s officials announced the discovery of Hopper-Jasinski’s body in a social media release earlier today. In their release, officials wrote that the missing man’s body was found in the area of the 54000 block of Village Center Dr. He was last seen near his home, just one street away on the 54800 block of South Cir.

In their release officials said there were “no signs of foul play,” but did not release any further details or information.


Original Story: Search for missing Idyllwild man, 62, ongoing

IDYLLWILD — With overnight temperatures that dropped into the high-teens and tonight’s forecast calling for temperatures in the very low 20s, search efforts for a critical at-risk, missing Idyllwild man are continuing today. Officials have asked for the public’s help, after family members reported the 62-year-old missing Tuesday, Feb. 19. The missing man suffers from multiple medical conditions and requires daily medications, according to officials.

“It is important that we inform as many people as possible,” Hemet Sheriff’s Station explained on social media as the search was beginning. “We are asking people in the mountain community of Idyllwild to check their backyards, sheds and garages. He may be seeking shelter from the cold.”

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Hemet Station deputies began investigating the disappearance of Piotr Hopper-Jasinski, 62, of Idyllwild, yesterday, after learning he was missing, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Ken Reichle later said. The missing man was last seen in the 54800 block of South Circle Dr., in the unincorporated community of Idyllwild.

Officials have described Hopper-Jasinski as a White male, 6-foot-1, about 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark gray jacket, dark green pants, black boots, and a teal green beanie.

Officials are searching for a critical, at-risk, missing man, Piotr Hopper-Jasinski, 62. He was last seen in Idyllwild yesterday. Hemet Sheriff’s photo

Hopper-Jasinski does not drive and does not have a mobile phone, according to family members, who have said his disappearance is out of character.

Hemet Station investigators have assumed the investigation and are currently searching for Hopper-Jasinski as well as following up on any and all leads generated by the public and potential witnesses.

Anyone with any information about this investigation or who knows the whereabouts of Piotr Hopper-Jasinski is encouraged to contact the Hemet Sheriff’s Station at (951) 791-3400 or by email. Callers can refer to incident file number D190500020 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.


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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