RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Suspicious Death|
|Written Date:||12/24/2021||Time:||6:30 p.m.|
|Incident Date:||12/23/2021||Time:||5:39 p.m.|
|Incident Location:||58000 Bonita Vista Rd., Mountain Center|
|Reporting Officer:||Sergeant Ed Baeza|
The victim has been identified as 46 year-old, Jodi Newkirk, a resident of the Mountain Center community. If anyone has information regarding this investigation, they are encouraged to call Master Investigator Loureiro of the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-277 or Investigator Rinkert of the Hemet Sheriff’s Station at 951-791-3400.
On 12-23-21, at 5:39 p.m., Hemet Station deputies responded to the 58000 block of Bonita Vista Rd., reference a suspicious death investigation initially believed to have been a traffic fatality. Upon arriving, deputies located a deceased female in the open area of a large private property with unexplained injuries. A crime scene was secured, and the Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation. Investigators remained on scene until the late afternoon hours of 12-24-21, due to the terrain and inclement weather. The victim’s identity is being withheld pending next of kin notification.
If anyone has information regarding this investigation, they are encouraged to call Master Investigator Loureiro of the Central Homicide Unit Station at 951-955-277 or Investigator Rinkert of the Hemet Sheriff’s Station at 951-791-3400.
Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's Homicide Tipline online form.
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