UPDATED: Officials seeking suspect in Perris murder investigation

UPDATED: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 3 p.m.

PERRIS — Officials have identified a woman found murdered inside a Perris home, Thursday night, Jan. 25, and say they have also identified a man they suspect as the person who killed her. The victim was found with “significant injuries” at a residence on the 500 block of Iroquois Road, between Navajo and Tomahawk Roads and west of Highway 74, according to sheriff’s officials.

SEE ORIGINAL STORY: Woman with significant injuries found deceased inside home

Officials are seeking Raul Avalos after they say he murdered Elizabeth Lozano at a Perris residence.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s officials identified Elizabeth Lozano, 23, of Perris, as the victim who was killed, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Ben Ramirez explained in an updated press release.

Central Homicide Unit investigators are now asking for the public’s help locating Raul Segundo Avalos, 28, of Perris. He is believed to be driving his white, 2010 Toyota Tundra. The pickup truck has 4-doors and it license is 15308D2.

The investigation began shortly after 9:10 p.m., when deputies were summoned to the home to assist Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire officials who had been dispatched to the location regarding a “medical emergency” call, Ramirez explained shortly after Lozano’s murder.

When deputies and medical personnel arrived at the scene, they “located a female down inside a residence with significant injuries,” said Ramirez, who explained, “Cal Fire medics pronounced the female deceased, and deputies secured the location as a crime scene.”

Citing the ongoing investigation, officials have not specified the nature of the medical aid call that originally brought fire and sheriff’s officials to the residence or the full extent of the victim’s injuries.

Based on the circumstances, investigators from the Sheriff’s Perris Station and Central Homicide Unit responded to the home and assumed the investigation. Their investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Unit Investigator Loureiro at (951) 955-2777 or Investigator Negrete at (951) 210-1000. Callers can refer to incident file number PE180250133 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Homicide Tipline online form.


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Trevor Montgomery, who recently moved from Riverside County to Shasta County, 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 as well as 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.