Reported missing from Good Hope residence, toddler found safe, returned to family

GOOD HOPE, Calif., — Authorities say a 2-year-old boy who went missing from his family’s Good Hope residence was found safe during a subsequent search that occurred this morning, Thursday, April 28.

Good Hope is located in an unincorporated and semi-rural area of Riverside County, between the cities of Perris and Lake Elsinore.


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Deputies from the Perris Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to the 22000 block of My Way Street around 8 a.m. after they were notified that a toddler had gone missing, Perris Sheriff’s Station officials said in a social media release this morning.

A sheriff’s official captured the moment a child was located and returned to his family members. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department – Perris Sheriff’s Station photos

Contacted for further information this morning, Sergeant Edward Soto told RCNS that deputies who responded to the area to assist in the search fanned out throughout the neighborhood and surrounding areas.

After a 30-minute search, deputies located the missing child wandering in a field across the street from the home where he had gone missing, according to Soto.

The toddler was found to be safe and unharmed and after being evaluated he was returned to his grateful family members.

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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.