Officials investigating after woman found dead in Jurupa Valley home

JURUPA VALLEY — Authorities are conducting a suspicious death investigation after a woman was found dead inside a Jurupa Valley residence Thursday evening, March 19.


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Deputies from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station and other emergency personnel responded to a home on the 5900 block of Saguaro St. shortly before 8:30 p.m., after receiving reports of an unresponsive woman found inside the residence, Central Homicide Unit Sgt. Rick Espinoza later explained.

When paramedics arrived at the residence they found the lifeless body of a woman inside the home. Despite life-saving measures, the woman was pronounced deceased at the scene, according to Espinoza; who said, “Based on information obtained at the scene and medical personnel, the scene was secured and the Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation.”

The victim has since been identified as Niki Marie Mello, 26, of Jurupa Valley.

Due to the ongoing investigation, Espinoza said no additional details were immediately available.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Unit Investigator Moody at (760) 393-3525 or (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number EV200650079 and can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 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 16 grandchildren.