Homicide investigation continuing after Perris man, 62, found dead inside home

PERRIS, Calif., — Authorities say a homicide investigation is underway after a man was found deceased inside his Perris residence yesterday morning, Wednesday, April 13.


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Deputies from the Perris Sheriff’s Station responded to a home in the 22000 block of Louise Street around 6:30 a.m. after receiving the report of a man down at the residence, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Brosche has since reported.

When deputies arrived, they located an adult male who had already passed away, according to Brosche, who identified the victim as 62-year-old Ernesto Verduzco Mapula.

Although Brosche did not specify how the victim ended up dead or what led officials to determine that a homicide had occurred, he said the suspect(s) fled the area prior to deputies’ arrival and have not been located or arrested.

He also said that Perris Station and Central Homicide Unit investigators responded to the scene and assumed the investigation, which is active and ongoing.

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Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Investigator Robertson of the Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777 or Investigator Lee at the Perris Station at 951-486-6700. Callers can refer to incident file number PC221030016 and can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery, 51, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and operates Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS). Both are stringer organizations, providing breaking news coverage and community interest stories for other mainstream media organizations throughout the two regions they serve.

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.