Murder-suicide suspected after man and woman found deceased inside Whitewater residence

WHITEWATER, Calif., — Authorities say a check the welfare call in the unincorporated area of Whitewater led to the discovery of two bodies Tuesday evening, Dec. 28.

Deputies were sent to the home, located in the 13000 block of Mesquite Road, after a concerned 911 caller reported not having heard from the homeowner, according to officials. 


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Deputies from the Cabazon Station were dispatched to a residence at 5:37 p.m. after receiving the check the welfare request, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Richard Carroll has since said of the ongoing investigation; adding, “The reporting party indicated they had not heard from the homeowner and was concerned for their well-being.”

When deputies arrived at the residence, they were able to gain entry into the home where they located an adult female with traumatic injuries.

After confirming the woman was already deceased, deputies continued searching the residence and located a deceased adult male “with what appeared to be self-inflicted injuries,” Carrol explained.

Deputies secured the residence as a crime scene and summoned Cabazon Station and Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit investigators to the scene to assume the investigation.

“The investigation thus far appears to be a murder-suicide and no suspects are being sought,” Carroll continued. “The identity of the decedents are not being released at this time, pending notification to the family.

The sheriff’s investigation is active and ongoing, and no other details have been made available.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Unit Investigator Gilbert at (951) 955-2777. Callers can refer to incident file B213620011 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.