Woman’s body found on remote Sacramento River island

REDDING — Authorities in Redding are investigating a suspicious death after a woman’s body was found on a “remote and isolated” island located on the Sacramento River late yesterday afternoon, Friday, May 10. The victim, whose name has not been released, was reportedly discovered by a family member, in the area of Girvan Rd. and Island Dr., east of Cascade Park.


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Yesterday’s investigation began around 5:15 p.m., when Redding police officers were notified that a man had located the lifeless body of a female family member, according to an RPD social media release. The release did not specify how the man and woman were related. It also did not state if they were living on, or why they had been at, the small island.

Because of the remote location where the victim’s body was discovered, CHP’s – Northern Division Air Operations assisted in ferrying officers to and from the island as their investigation was getting underway.

Based on the circumstances, RPD investigators responded to the island and assumed the death investigation.

“At this time, the cause of death is unknown and an autopsy will be scheduled at a later date,” explained RPD. “The male was interviewed and released.”

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RPD’s investigation is active and ongoing and the victim’s name is not being released at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to immediately contact Redding Police Department’s Investigations Division at (530) 225-4200. Callers can remain anonymous.

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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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