Investigation continuing after man found hanging from Beaumont bridge

BEAUMONT, Calif. — Authorities are conducting a suicide investigation after a man’s body was found hanging from a bridge over a set of railroad tracks along Potrero Boulevard, between Oak Valley Parkway and Castello Lane, in Beaumont Monday afternoon, June 14th. Officers just weeks ago rescued the same man who was attempting suicide in the same area, connecting him at the time with mental health resources.

The man’s very public suicide was the second such incident in Beaumont in recent weeks, after another man threw himself under a moving tractor-trailer combo last month. That deadly incident happened just five miles away, along Highland Springs Avenue, between 6th Street and the I-10 Freeway

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City of Beaumont police officers were dispatched to the Potrero Blvd. bridge just before 2 p.m. after they were contacted by construction workers discovered the body of a man who appeared to have hung himself, Beaumont PD has since reported.

When officers arrived they confirmed finding a deceased male.

“It appeared the male had committed suicide by hanging himself and had been in the location for several hours before being discovered” BPD officials explained.

During their subsequent investigation, officials determined the deceased man was the same suicidal subject officers had contacted and rescued  in the same area several weeks earlier.

“During the first incident officers had intervened and were able to place the subject in the care of mental health workers to be connected with services to assist him,” explained officials; adding that the victim’s name will not be released pending notification of the man’s family.

“This type of event is a tragedy for the family, as well as our community,” said BPD; adding, “While suicide is often a complicated and sensitive topic, it is possible to prevent it.”

If you or someone you know has considered suicide help is available. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides crisis counselors 24/7 both through 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or via their Crisis Text Line (Text Hello to 741741).

These services are free and confidential. Additional resources can be found at the National Institute of Mental Health’s website at nimh.nih.gov/suicideprevention.

“We ask our community to look for the signs and symptoms of suicide and don’t be afraid to seek help,” officials continued. If you or a friend/family member are experiencing suicidal thoughts and need immediate assistance, you can contact the Beaumont Police Department by dialing 9-1-1 or our non-emergency business line at (951) 769-8500.



Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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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