Investigation continuing after body discovered at Temecula Target shopping center

TEMECULA, Calif. — Although few details have been released, officials in Temecula have confirmed that a death investigation is underway after a body was found at a Target shopping center this morning, Friday, May 21.


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Deputies from the Southwest Sheriff’s Station and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the shopping center, located in the 29600 block of Rancho California Road, after receiving reports of a subject who was not breathing.

Despite life-saving measures, the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

It was not immediately clear if the victim was found on the ground or inside one of the vehicles that were later seen inside an area cordoned off by sheriff’s officials. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department photo

The victim’s name has not been released, pending further investigation at the scene and notification of the person’s family.

At around 10 a.m., the sheriff’s department tweeted that the parking lot remained closed as investigators continued to process the scene where the victim passed away.

Officials also tweeted that there is no foul play suspected in the person’s death and that their investigation is ongoing at the scene.

An employee at one of the businesses that share the parking lot where the death occurred later told RCNS that her store’s exterior surveillance cameras showed the victim walking through the parking lot before he suddenly fell to the ground, with nobody nearby witnessing his collapse.


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The partial parking lot closure was not having any affect on area businesses, which remained open throughout the day.

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.