Moreno Valley structure fire leads to suspicious death investigation

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. — Authorities say a suspicious death investigation is underway in Moreno Valley after firefighters who responded to reports of a structure fire located a deceased body inside the location that burned early Thursday morning, April 29.

The fire that led to the victim’s discovery happened in the 13400 block of Old 215 Frontage Road, which runs adjacent the 215 Freeway, between Dracea and Cottonwood avenues.


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Deputies from the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station were summoned to the scene of the structure fire around 5:21 a.m., after Cal Fire-Riverside firefighters contacted them and reported having found a body inside a burned structure, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Richard Carroll has since said of the early morning discovery.

“Deputies were called to the location by CalFire personnel who were at the location for a structure fire,” Carroll explained. “Firefighters extinguished the fire and found a deceased human that had been burned.”

Deputies secured the area and began an investigation, which was soon taken over by members of the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit and Cal Fire arson investigators.

“The identity of the deceased is unknown at this time,” said Carroll, who added, “This is an active investigation, and no additional details are currently available.”

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Deanne at (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number MV211190025 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.

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