“Obvious trauma” found after man’s murder in Moreno Valley – Homicide investigation continuing

MORENO VALLEY, Calif., — Authorities say a man discovered with “obvious trauma” to his body was found murdered in Moreno Valley Wednesday evening, October 20.

The suspect remains unidentified and no arrests have been made in the murder, which occurred at the La Pacifica Apartments in the 23300 block of Hemlock Avenue, Between Pidgeon Pass Road and Heacock Street.


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Deputies from the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to the scene just before 9 p.m. after receiving reports of an assault with a deadly weapon, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Richard Carroll later said of the investigation.

“Upon arrival, they found a deceased male adult with obvious trauma,” explained Carroll; adding, “Deputies secured the area and began an investigation.”

Officials who responded to reports of an assault with a deadly weapon inside the La Pacifica Apartments in Moreno Valley found a man’s lifeless body, with “obvious trauma” last night. Johnny Lopez/Lone Wolf Media photos

The victim’s name has not been released, pending further investigation and notification of the man’s family, and officials have not specified how the man was murdered or what may have led to the victim’s death.

Investigators from the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station and Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation.

The sheriff’s investigation is continuing, and citing the early and ongoing nature of the investigation, no further details have been released.

Anyone with information or video regarding this homicide investigation is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Hernandez at (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number MV212930387 and can remain anonymous.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 50, 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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