CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2000 |
Confronted with solid evidence, but unable to find any bodies, Riverside County sheriff's investigators are stumped by a young man's report that three new friends fell out of a kayak and drowned in murky Lake Elsinore over the weekend. By Monday morning, a dive team had suspended its search of the lake bottom. And the man's statements had turned the southwest Riverside County town of 26,000 into a community of amateur detectives, all with their own theory about what happened.
April 30, 2000 |
It was an idyllic desert scene: blue skies, giant windmills and a hiker with his two dogs exploring the lonely, wind-scrubbed area near the freeway north of town. Law enforcement officials say what happened next is far too common in the Coachella Valley and beyond. The hiker stumbled upon a human skull, the only remains of a murdered mother of two who had vanished two years earlier from Cathedral City.