Second man arrested after French Valley girl dies from fentanyl overdose

UPDATED: Sunday, Feb 28, 4:32 p.m.

Originally Published: Feb. 26, 12:55 p.m.

See Original Story below.

FRENCH VALLEY, Calif. — Authorities investigating the fentanyl-related death of a 16-year-old French Valley girl who died late last month say they have arrested a second man in connection with the girl’s passing.

Officials had earlier announced the arrest of an 18-year-old, French Valley man, Raymond Gene Tyrrell III, in connection with the girl’s death and he remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail or bond.


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As the Sheriff’s investigation continued, investigators identified a second man, Jeremiah David Carlton, 19, of Canyon Lake, as being involved in the teen’s death. They located him at a private residence on Redwood Drive in Canyon Lake just after midnight, early Saturday morning, Feb. 27.

Based on their investigation, members of the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit arrested Carlton for murder and he was later booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta, Riverside County Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit Sergeant Rick Espinoza has since said in an updated press release.

Online jail records indicate Carlton was booked on several felony charges, including transportation of narcotics for sales, possession of narcotics for sales, and murder. Like Tyrrell, Carlton remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail or bond.

As of this update, the teenage victim who passed away has not been publicly identified by Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials.

“This investigation continues and no additional details are currently available,” Espinoza said after the second man’s arrest.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Darryl Robertson at (951) 955-1094 or (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number SW210550050 and can remain anonymous.

Original Story: French Valley girl dies from fentanyl overdose – Man arrested for murder

FRENCH VALLEY, Calif. — Authorities say a murder investigation is underway after the Fentanyl overdose-related death of a 16-year-old French Valley girl Wednesday evening, Feb. 24.

Officials who responded to reports of a possible overdose at a residence in the 35000 Block of Sugar Maple Street found two subjects, including an adult male and a juvenile female, unconscious and unresponsive. Rushed to an area hospital, the male was eventually revived, while the girl could not be resuscitated and passed away.

“Investigators conducted an investigation and developed information that this was possibly a homicide,” Riverside County Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit Sergeant Rick Espinoza later said of the deadly incident.


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Deputies from the Southwest Sheriff’s Station, Cal Fire-Riverside, and other emergency personnel responded to the home at 7:04 p.m., after receiving the report of two people who had possibly overdosed.

“Upon arrival, they located an adult male and female juvenile unresponsive due to a suspected Fentanyl overdose,” Espinoza described.

Medical personnel arrived and rushed both subjects to a local area hospital where they received medical attention.

“The male was revived; however, the female was pronounced deceased by hospital staff,” said Espinoza.

The teen’s name has not been released pending further investigation and notification of the girl’s family.

Based on the circumstances, members of the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation.

During their subsequent investigation, officials developed leads and gathered information “that this was possibly a homicide,” explained Espinoza.

“Information and evidence discovered during the subsequent investigation led investigators to arrest Raymond Gene Tyrrell III, 18, of French Valley for murder,” Espinoza continued.

Online jail records indicate Tyrrell was booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody and is being held without bail.

The Sheriff’s investigation is active and ongoing and no further details or information were released.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Darryl Robertson at (951) 955-1094 or (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number SW210550050 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 (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

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.