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Posted on: January 22, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Homicide



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Homicide
Station Area:Desert Hot Springs
Written Date:January 22, 2021Time:1:30 PM
Incident Date:January 18, 2021Time:7:50 PM
Incident Location:Mission Lake Blvd and Little Morongo Rd., Desert Hot Springs
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Rick Espinoza, Central Homicide Unit
File Number(s):O210180038


On Thursday, January 21, 2021, investigators from the Palm Desert Station were investigating an ongoing missing persons case and located human remains in the open desert area on the south east corner of Mission Lakes Blvd. and Little Morongo Rd. in Desert Hot Springs.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation. The decedent was positively identified as David Joaquin Murrieta, 20 years old out of Desert Hot Springs.

This is an active investigation and no additional details are currently available. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Central Homicide Investigator Martin Alfaro at (760) 393-3528 or (951) 955-2777.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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