Woman’s body found inside vehicle after Winchester fire

WINCHESTER — Details are beginning to emerge, but many questions remain unanswered, after a woman’s body was found inside the charred remains of a vehicle in Winchester yesterday afternoon, Monday, April 8. The blaze ignited a small vegetation fire, which firefighters quickly extinguished, at which time they found the woman’s body.

A CHP incident log indicated the fire began after a vehicle crashed through a fence and overturned in a field in the area of Olive Ave. and La Ventana Rd., about one mile east of Simpson and Brigg’s roads. However other, unconfirmed reports, have indicated the vehicle may have been previously abandoned in the field and possibly intentionally set ablaze.

“All we have at this point is that there was a fire, a car and a body in the car,” Sheriff’s spokesperson Deputy Robyn Flores later told City News Service.


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CHP, Riverside County sheriff’s deputies, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire, and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the area at 2:09 p.m., after receiving reports of a car fire burning in a field. 911 callers reported that no one was seen exiting the car.

When officials arrived they confirmed finding a vehicle fire that had spread to nearby vegetation. After extinguishing the blaze, firefighters discovered a woman’s body inside the vehicle.

The victim has not yet been identified, pending further investigation and notification of her family.

CHP Temecula is investigating the incident and their investigation is ongoing.

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

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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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