3 found murdered at Perris cemetery, officials investigating
UPDATED: Feb 20, 10:45 a.m.
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PERRIS — Officials investigating the triple murder of three men whose bodies were discovered at a Perris cemetery earlier this month have identified 33-year-old, Jose Luis Torres Garcia as the man they say was responsible for the trio of slayings. Officials say the alleged suspect resides in the Perris/Mead Valley area.
Garcia, who officials have not yet located or arrested, is known to drive a blue GMC Yukon with a CA license plate of 4PDH363. He is also known to drive a motorcycle, described as possibly a green Kawasaki.
CHU investigators have issued a $3 million warrant for Garcia’s apprehension.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact CHU Investigator Loureiro at (951) 955-2777, or the Perris Sheriff’s Station at (951) 210-1000. Callers can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline online form.
UPDATED: Monday, Feb. 17, 3:45 p.m.
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PERRIS — Officials have confirmed they are now conducting a homicide investigation after the bodies of three men were discovered near a grave site at Perris Valley Cemetery this morning.
No other details have been released in the Sheriff’s investigation, which is active and ongoing at the scene.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Perris Sheriff’s Station at (951) 210-1000. Callers can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline online form.
Original Story: Three bodies found at Perris cemetery, officials investigating
PERRIS — Although very few details have been released Riverside County Sheriff’s officials have confirmed they are investigating after three bodies were discovered near a grave site at a Perris cemetery earlier today, Monday, Feb. 17.
The bodies were found at Perris Valley Cemetery on the 900 block of N. Perris Blvd., between E. Nuevo Rd. and the I-215 Freeway, according to a Department Tweet.
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Today’s discovery follows on the heels of two weeks of deadly violence that have left three people dead and three others recovering from gunshot wounds.
The other four violent incidents that happened over a ten day period include the deadly shooting of a Temecula man at a gas station on the 200 block of E. 4th St. on Sunday, Feb. 2; an assault that left one man dead and another injured at Menifee’s Eller Park – which is located just outside Perris city limits – one week later on Sunday, Feb. 9; a third incident that left three men with gunshot wounds in a residential neighborhood on the 1500 block of Ashbury Way on Tuesday, Feb. 11; and the fatal shooting of a man at Perris’ Paragon Park, Wednesday, Feb. 12.
Deputies, investigators and other officials remain at the Perris Valley Cemetery where three bodies were found near a grave site.
Deputies and investigators from the Perris Sheriff’s Station began investigating the discovery sometime this morning, according to a Sheriff’s social media release that offered few details other than to confirm that three bodies had been discovered. The social media release also indicated that members of the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit have assumed the investigation, which is active and ongoing at the scene.
According to their Tweet, officials have closed the cemetery to the public, and the location will remain closed until officials conclude their initial on-scene investigation.
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Authorities have not yet released any additional information regarding their investigation, but have said that more information would be made available at a later time.
This is a developing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.
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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 16 grandchildren.