Cathedral City man murdered in Thousand Palms – Suspect(s) outstanding

THOUSAND PALMS, Calif. — Authorities say a homicide investigation is underway after a Cathedral City man was murdered in the unincorporated area of Thousand Palms late Friday evening, May 28th. No arrests have been made related to the deadly incident, which happened in the 30900 block of Las Flores Way, between Del Norte and El Centro ways.


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Deputies from the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to the scene shortly before midnight after receiving reports of an assault with a deadly weapon, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Richard Carroll has since said of the deadly incident.

When deputies arrived they found a man with traumatic injuries, according to Carroll; who did not specify the nature of the victim’s injuries. The victim was rushed to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs where he later succumbed to his injuries and passed away.

Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials have since identified 30-year-old, Nathan Wells as the man who was murdered. A coroner’s release indicated Wells was pronounced deceased at 1:17 a.m.

Deputies secured the area as a crime scene and summoned investigators from the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station and Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit, who responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.


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The Sheriff’s investigtion is active and ongoing and no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information or video related to this investigation is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Stoyer at (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number 211480051 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 (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.