Woman charged with murdering elderly Riverside County woman nabbed in Colorado

HOME GARDENS, Calif. — A woman who was wanted in connection with the murder of an elderly Riverside County woman last October and had fled the state was apprehended in Colorado last week and is now facing murder charges.

The fatal incident, which happened early Saturday morning, Oct. 3 and led to the victim’s death later that same month, occurred in the unincorporated community of Home Gardens; which is located between the cities of Riverside and Corona.


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Deputies from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station were first alerted to the deadly incident at 4:29 a.m., after the critically injured victim, Sandra Ross, 69, of Home Gardens, was rushed to an area hospital for a treatment, Riverside Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit Sergeant Rick Espinoza reported yesterday.

“The victim … had been transported to a local hospital by paramedics, where hospital personnel discovered and reported her injuries,” Espinoza said of the incident, which occurred on the 12000 block of December Court, northeast of McKinley Street and Indiana Avenue.

Jurupa Valley Station investigators continued their investigation until Oct. 30, when Ross “passed away as a result of her injuries,” said Espinoza.

“At that time, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation,” Espinoza continued.

During the course of their investigation, officials identified Kayla Mylissa McCall, 27, of Home Gardens, as being responsible for the injuries that led to Ross’ death.

Espinoza did not specify how the two women knew each other or if they were related.

Investigators learned McCall was no longer in California and was believed to have fled to Colorado.

On Friday, Jan. 8, officials from the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Team in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, located and apprehended McCall, taking her into custody for Ross’ murder.

Online jail records indicate McCall had not yet been booked into a Riverside County Jail as of this report.

The Sheriff’s investigation is active and ongoing and no additional details have been released at this time. 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Darryl Robertson at (951) 235-2162 or (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number E202770008 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 KRCR News Channel 7 and Mountain Echo in Shasta County, Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego 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.