Suspicious death investigation continuing after man found deceased near Desert Hot Springs

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif., — A suspicious death investigation is continuing after a man was found deceased in an unincorporated area of Riverside County near Desert Hot Springs early Wednesday evening, Dec. 15. The man’s body was discovered in the area of Worsley Road and Indian Canyon Drive, just east of Hwy 62, during an unknown trouble investigation, sheriff’s officials have since reported.

Although officials have said it was initially reported that a possible assault had taken place, they have also said no suspects are being sought at this time.


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Deputies from the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to the scene around 5 p.m. for an unknown trouble call, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Richard Carroll has since reported; saying, “Information obtained by sheriff’s dispatch indicated a possible assault had taken place.”

When deputies and other emergency personnel arrived at the scene, they located an unresponsive adult male and although they rendered medical aid, they were unable to revive the man and he was ultimately pronounced deceased at the scene.

The man’s name has not been released, pending further investigation and notification of his family.

Investigators from the Palm Desert Station and Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation. 

“At this time, it is unknown if the death was a result of a medical condition or other contributing factors,” Carrol explained; adding, “No suspects are being sought at this time, and additional details are not currently available.”

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Investigator Juarez at (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file number O213490024 and can remain anonymous.

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

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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.


  • This is not in Desert Hot Springs. It is in Riverside County.

  • The writer did not say it was IN DHS; rather they said, “in an unincorporated area of Riverside County NEAR Desert Hot Springs”