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Posted on: July 29, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Suspicious Death Investigation / Homicide

Riverside County Sheriff's Department Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Ed Baeza

File # C221950005

Update:

On July 29, 2022, Investigators received positive identification of the victim. The victim has been identified as Jesus M. Hernandez, a 35-year-old resident of Coachella. Investigators have made next of kin notification. Based on the on-going investigation, this case is being investigated as a homicide.

If anyone has information regarding this investigation, they are encouraged to call Investigator Loureiro of the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777 or Investigator Glasper of the Thermal Sheriff’s Station 760-863-8990. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's Homicide Tipline online form.

Details:

On July 14, 2022, at 2:02 a.m., deputies from the Thermal Sheriff’s Station responded to assist Cal Fire with a report of a burned body inside a vehicle on the 83000 block of Avenue 60, in Thermal. Upon arriving, deputies met with Cal Fire personnel who located the deceased victim’s body while extinguishing the fire. The victim and vehicle were located in a date orchard. A crime scene was secured and the Central Homicide Unit responded to assume the investigation. Central Homicide Investigators are being assisted by arson investigators from Cal Fire. The victim has not been identified.

If anyone has information regarding this investigation, they are encouraged to call Investigator Loureiro of the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777 or Investigator Glasper of the Thermal Sheriff’s Station 760-863-8990.

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