RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Suspicious Death|
|Station Area:||Central Homicide Unit|
|Written Date:||July 20, 2020||Time:||9:30 AM|
|Incident Date:||July 18, 2020||Time:||2:19 AM|
|Incident Location:||Pierce St. south of Airport Blvd., Thermal|
|Reporting Officer:||Sergeant Ben Ramirez|
On July 20, 2020, the post mortem examination was conducted at the Coroner’s Office in Indio. There was evidence of homicidal violence found and this case will now be investigated as a homicide. The victim was a male, whose identity has not yet been confirmed.
On July 18, 2020, deputies from the Thermal Sheriff Station responded to a vehicle fire at Pierce St. south of Airport Blvd., Thermal. CAL Fire personnel extinguished the fire and found deceased subject inside. Deputies established a crime scene, and investigators from the Central Homicide Unit responded.
The deceased subject has not been identified at this time. This is an active investigation and no additional details are available at this time. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Central Homicide Investigator Mendoza at (951) 955-2777.
Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s Crime Tips online form.