BREAKING: HEMET: Officials investigating after woman’s “badly decomposed” body found behind businesses

HEMET — Very few details are known and authorities have not yet made an official statement regarding a woman’s “badly decomposing” body that was found this afternoon in the 2000 block of Florida Avenue near N. Yale Street in Hemet.

Hemet PD detectives discuss the incident while officers stand near the dumpster enclosure where a woman’s “badly decomposing” body was discovered. Miguel Shannon/Epicenter News photo

The body was reportedly found about 3:45 p.m., inside a trash enclosure behind the now-closed Millie’s restaurant and near a popular local market.

It was not immediately known if the woman’s body was found inside the enclosure or inside the dumpster located within the enclosure.

According to on-scene reporter Miguel Shannon of Epicenter News, the body was found by a “horrified” El Toro employee who went to the dumpster enclosure to investigate “a bad, rotting smell” coming from within the brick-enclosed dumpster area.

Hemet police officers responded to the rear parking lot of the businesses after the “traumatized” employee notified her employers and called 911 to report the discovery.

After their arrival, officials quickly determined the entire rear parking lot area to be a crime scene and they immediately began cordoning off the area with crime scene tape. Other City of Hemet officials, including Hemet PD detectives and supervisors began to arrive at the scene within minutes and began investigating the woman’s death.

The victim’s badly decomposing body was found inside a dumpster enclosure behind the now-closed Millie’s restaurant. Miguel Shannon/Epicenter News photo

It was not immediately known when the lifeless body was left at the location, how long the victim had been dead or if the woman died of natural or other causes.

“According to one of the witnesses at the scene, the body appeared to be that of a female between 25 and 35 years old,” said Shannon, “However, the body was badly decomposed.”

The death investigation has not yet been classified as a homicide, pending further investigation, and requests to Hemet PD for information and details have not yet been responded to.

Hemet PD officials are currently investigating the incident and are expected to release additional information about their investigation soon.

This is a developing news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Trevor Montgomery runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook and also writes for Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego 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.

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 27 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 14 grandchildren.