San Jacinto man ID’d after Lake Perris drowning

PERRIS, Calif. — Authorities are investigating the death of a man whose lifeless body was found floating at Lake Perris Friday afternoon, Sept. 25. The 61-year-old victim had been using a float tube when he went missing, according to officials.

No foul play is suspected in the man’s death and a post-mortem examination has been planned to determine if the victim suffered a medical crisis leading to his death.


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Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified Marion Storey, of San Jacinto, as the victim. A coroner’s release has indicated Storey’s body was discovered at 1:05 p.m., at which time he was pronounced deceased.

Storey’s body was discovered in the water by a boater shortly after 1 p.m. California State Parks, Inland Empire/Perris Sector, Superintendent III, John Rowe; who said the victim was discovered overturned on his float tube.


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“When our officers arrived, he was deceased,” said Rowe; who added, “The lake conditions were busy, but the water was relatively flat with low wind speeds.”

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Trevor Montgomery, 49, 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 30 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 18 grandchildren.