Anderson woman ID’d after body pulled from Sacramento River

REDDING, Calif. — Officials investigating the death of a woman in the area of Park Marina Dr., near the Cypress Ave. Bridge in Redding, today identified the victim. The woman’s lifeless body was pulled from the the Sacramento River Friday morning, Oct. 16.

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A Redding PD official told KRCR News Channel 7 the morning of the incident, “Some anonymous reporting party called in from a 911-only phone to tell us he observed a female floating in the river.”

Despite trying to re-contact the anonymous caller, officials had not yet been able to speak with the person or gather any additional information, according to the officer; who said officers who responded located the victim and pulled her body from the water.

Redding PD is continuing to investigate the death of a woman whose body was found floating in the Sacramento River last Friday. KRCR News Channel 7 image

According to a release from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy coroner investigator was dispatched to the scene around 11:15 a.m., after the woman’s body had already been recovered.

“The subject was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel,” Shasta County Chief Deputy Coroner Lt. Stonehouse today reported.

The victim has been positively identified as 59-year-old DebraLee Ann Andrews, of Anderson.  

Andrews’ next-of-kin has been notified and a postmortem examination has been completed, according to Stonehouse.

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The drowning remains under investigation by the Redding Police Department and anyone with information related to the case is encouraged to contact Redding PD at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 20R068177 and can remain anonymous.


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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.

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