Drowning victim’s body recovered at Canyon Lake
CANYON LAKE, Calif. — Authorities say a 20-year-old, Los Angeles area man drowned after becoming distressed while swimming at Canyon Lake yesterday afternoon, Sunday, Oct. 4.
Although numerous people, along with emergency personnel and a sheriff’s aviation unit searched for the victim after he went under the water and failed to come back up, his body was not discovered until members of the sheriff’s Underwater Search and Rescue team responded to the lake to assist in the search.
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Riverside County sheriff’s deputies assigned to patrol Canyon Lake, an exclusive gated community located between the cities of Lake Elsinore and Menifee, just before 4 p.m., after receiving reports of a possible drowning, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Javier Morando later said of the deadly incident.
Emergency responders were directed to the North Shore area of the lake, which spans 383 acres within the community and features nearly 15 miles of shoreline.
Once at the scene, eyewitnesses told officials that “the victim swam out to the middle of the lake from the north shore, where he appeared to be in distress and submerged underwater,” said Morando; adding, “Other subjects in the area began searching for the subject to no avail.”
Although a sheriff’s aviation crew responded to the area to assist with the search from overhead, due to the water conditions they were not able locate the victim.
Members of the Riverside County Underwater Search and Rescue team responded to the location to assist in the search, eventually locating the victim.
“Unfortunately, the victim was located submerged under the water and deceased,” said Morando.
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The victim’s name has not been released pending further investigation and notification of the man’s family.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Tilley at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station (951) 245-3300. Callers can refer to incident file number PC202790026 and can remain anonymous.
This is a developing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.
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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.