Investigation continuing after Cottonwood drowning

COTTONWOOD, Calif. — Details are still emerging after a fatal drowning in Cottonwood Thursday evening, July 16.

Although no details have been released by the investigating agency, official radio traffic at the time indicated the drowning occurred on the 3000 block of Balls Ferry Rd.


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Cal Fire-Shasta County firefighters and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene around 9 p.m. after receiving reports of a possible drowning, with no further information provided.

Within minutes of arriving at the scene, medical personnel confirmed finding a person who had already passed away and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Based on the circumstances, Shasta County sheriff’s deputies were requested to the scene to investigate the drowning.

Officials also requested Cottonwood Water District respond to the location to turn off the water.

Coroner officials were later summoned to the scene, delaying their response to a fatal rollover accident that killed two men in Happy Valley around the same time the drowning was reported.

The victim has not yet been identified, pending further investigation and notification of the person’s family.

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

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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.