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Death In Lake Elsinore Being Investigated As Homicide

The call came in shortly before 5 p.m., according to sheriff's officials.

UPDATE 6/18 at 9:41 a.m.: This crime scene is located less than half a mile outside the Lake Elsinore city limits.

Updated 6/17 at 7:41 p.m.:

A body found Sunday in a Lake Elsinore home is being investigated as a homicide.

A sheriff's lieutenant told Patch at the scene that there was a body in a house located in the 32500 block of Payne Street where investigators were probing a homicide Sunday.

"We did locate a dead body at this point," Riverside County sheriff's Lt. Daniel Anne told Patch.

The lieutenant said deputies were dispatched to the home at 4:50 p.m., "In reference to a call of a dead body, a possible dead body at the location."

Someone was detained at the scene and Patch did see a middle- to older-aged man being taken away in a cruiser.

"We do have a subject detained ... however ... unknown if involved or to what degree they’re involved,” Anne said.

Residents of the Payne Street neighborhood said they thought no one lived in the suspect home.

"We’ve always thought that house was vacant. It was always closed up … there were sheets on the windows," said Lori Day, 44.

“In four months I have never seen anybody at that house. I’ve never seen a wife at that house," Day told Patch at the scene.

Just once in all that time, Day said she spotted a man drive out of the garage, back up and close the garage door.

Officials would not immediately confirm but scanner chatter indicated that a man called into emergency dispatch and reported killing his wife.

Deputies went to the scene and deemed it a homicide, officials said.

Day said she never saw anyone at the home ... "Nobody watering the yard," she said. “Nothing’s ever open. The windows are never open. The blinds are never open."

Day said her neighborhood was generally safe.

“That’s why we’re all interested in what’s going on down there.”

The homicide case is the first for Lake Elsinore this year.

Roberto June 19, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Very tragic indeed. Won't mention which one but the house across the street had a drive by fatality a couple of years ago if I recall correctly. Very tragic corner.
Kevin - Wildomar CA June 19, 2012 at 06:45 AM
@Katrina, thanks. I'm new here and made my comment because all the action (good and bad) happens there instead of where i am. Things are slow/ borderline boring here lol. Cheers.
Katrina June 19, 2012 at 07:06 PM
lol Kevin... I'm just overly sensitive to the Lake Elsinore bashing that occurs. I am an OC transplant, although I've been here about 10 years now. :)
Kevin - Wildomar CA June 20, 2012 at 06:22 AM
Katrina, does Lake Elsinore get bashed a lot? I have very little experience with the city. I still am learning about MY city lol.
Cookie mom June 24, 2012 at 06:29 AM
Thats bad why didnt anyone go and check out the place if they thought it was empty they could of saved someones life didnt the people have family to come and check on them if they say they never seen a lady there but two men go in and out of there who was the other man that lived there than thats pretty scarey it looks like such good area to may she r.i.p.thats sad people r sick theses days hope the fine out what really happen so there can be a closer most of the time theres not md

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