Officials investigating in-custody death of inmate, 27

RIVERSIDE — Authorities have released few details but have confirmed they are investigating the death of an inmate who had been in custody at Riverside’s Robert Presley Detention Center. The man died Monday evening, March 11, according to officials.


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Deputies and other detention facility staff members were first alerted to an inmate “in medical distress” around 9:15 p.m., Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Wallace Clear later explained, saying the man was found inside his cell. 

Despite life-saving efforts by the facility’s medical staff, the inmate was pronounced deceased at the scene. He has since been described as a 27-year-old male; however, his name has not been released, pending further investigation and notification of the man’s family.

The man’s death is under investigation according to Clear, who said no further information will be released at this time. 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit Investigator Bishop at (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number RC190700003 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, 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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