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Former West Covina Mayor Found Dead in Ontario Hotel Room

Former West Covina Mayor Found Dead in Ontario Hotel Room

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ONTARIO, Calif. – The former Mayor of West Covina, Michael Herman Spence was found deceased in a room at the Folk Inn, in the City of Ontario.

On April, 11, 2019, at around 5:30 p.m. a call was received at the front desk of the hotel located at 204 N. Vineyard Avenue. The caller asked for the staff to check on Michael Herman Spence, who was renting a room from them. The hotel staff knocked on the door but there was no answer. They then opened the door to find the 52-year-old former mayor unresponsive. The hotel staff called 911 at around 5:37 p.m. Ontario Police officers and Ontario Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and at 5:46 p.m. determined that Spence was deceased.

There are no signs of foul play and no external signs of injury that may have contributed to his death. The San Bernardino Coroner’s officer will perform an autopsy to determine his cause of death.

In 2016, Spence was convicted of driving under the influence of methamphetamine. He was sentenced to 36 months probation and was required to attend substance abuse classes.


May 2018, Spence was found unconscious but breathing in a Costa Mesa hotel room. The reporting party said that she believed he had overdosed on Heroin. According to reports, there was drug paraphernalia nearby when medical personnel responded to the call. After the incident, the West Covina City Council decided to remove Spence as mayor. Spence denied the allegations.

The death investigation is ongoing, anyone with information that may aid the investigation should call the Ontario Police Department at 909-986-6711 or Detective Jeff Wright at (909)408-1878.

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