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Posted on: July 22, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Suspicious Death



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Suspicious Death
Station Area:Coachella
Written Date:July 22, 2020Time:4:30 PM
Incident Date:July 22, 2020Time:8:20 AM
Incident Location:Ave. 49 and Calle Abelia, Coachella
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Ben Ramirez
File Number(s):Y20200014


The decedent was identified as Leonard Garcia, 31 years old resident of Coachella. 


On July 22, 2020, deputies from the Thermal Sheriff Station responded to a report of a man down at Ave. 49 and Calle Abelia. Upon arrival, deputies located a deceased male, and secured a crime scene. Investigators from the Thermal Sheriff Station and the Central Homicide Unit responded and began their investigation.

The identity of the decedent will not be released at this time, pending notification to next of kin. 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 Thermal Station Investigator Hammond at (760) 863-8990 or Central Homicide Investigator Alfaro at (951) 955-2777.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips Online Form.

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