Base jumper’s death at Jurupa Valley quarry “suspicious”

JURUPA VALLEY — Authorities in Jurupa Valley investigating the death of a base jumper, whose body was discovered in a rock quarry, have called the man’s death “suspicious” and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatality.


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Deputies from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station began investigating the man’s death after his lifeless body was found at the Riverside Quarry, near Sierra Ave. and 30th St. just before 7:30 a.m., Sunday morning, Nov. 3, according to Riverside Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Vasquez and Cal Fire.

Although an initial Cal Fire release described the victim as a skydiver, Cal Fire officials later corrected that the incident involved a base jumper.

A base or B.A.S.E. jumper is someone who parachutes from a fixed structure or object, such as a building, antenna, span, and earth – such as a cliff at a quarry.

The victim’s name has not yet been publicly released, pending further investigation and notification of the man’s family.

The area where the man’s body was found is located on private property and is enclosed with fencing. Although it is clearly marked with no trespassing signs, the quarry is known to be used by area base jumpers.

Although officials have not released any details about their ongoing investigation, Vasquez said the incident is being investigated as a suspicious death.

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

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, 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 or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; 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 29 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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