Bodies Found in Burning Temecula Home Identified

TEMECULA – An ongoing homicide investigation that began on August 29, 2016, after human remains were located in a burning residential care facility is now being investigated as a murder-suicide officials said.

On Monday, August 29, 2016, at approximately 5:55 a.m., deputies from the Southwest Station responded to a fire located at 41000 Cruz Way, in an unincorporated area of Temecula. As Cal-Fire firefighters began to gain control of the fire, they discovered the human remains of five male adults inside the burning structure,

Homicide Units responded, along with the Cal-Fire Arson Unit to investigate the incident. Sifting through the debris and ash was a tedious process for investigators, making the on-scene investigation last five days. As part of the investigation, investigators had to obtain and research documents related to the residence and occupants of the facility, that was determined to be a placement for those with mental disabilities.

On October 24, 2016, Riverside County Sheriff’s officials released the name of the five deceased men. They five men were identified as 37-year-old, Milford Battison, 35-year-old, Richard Driskill, 31-year-old, Miguel Ferreyra, 26-year-old, Jared Prudhomme, and their caretaker, 50-year-old, James Jennex.  

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will ensure a thorough investigation is conducted and is seeking any information. Individuals with information related to this ongoing investigation are encouraged to contact Central Homicide Unit Investigator Brandon Mullins at 951-955-2777.  

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