BREAKING: Missing Murrieta woman found deceased on Tenaja Truck Trail

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Jennifer Kinsella-Grindle, 41, of Murrieta, has been found deceased, the Riverside County Coroner’s Office has reported. Courtesy photo

The remains of a missing Murrieta woman have been located on Tenaja Truck Trail, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Jennifer Kinsella-Grindle, 41, of Murrieta had been reported missing by her family Aug. 29, hours after her truck was found unattended near the Tenaja Truck Trailhead, in the unincorporated community of La Cresta, an press release from Riverside County Sheriff’s  Department, explained.

“With the assistance of the Murrieta Police Department, deputies attempted to locate the registered owner of the vehicle who was reported to live in the city of Murrieta,” Sgt. Chris Wilson wrote in the release.

According to Wilson, the Murrieta Police Department was unable to contact the owner, but the same evening, received a missing persons report on Kinsella-Grindle, the owner of the vehicle.

“Personnel from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Lake Elsinore Station conducted an extensive search of the Tenaja Truck Trail and did not locate Kinsella-Grindle,” Wilson wrote.

Murrieta Police Officers entered Kinsella-Grindle into the system as a missing person and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department continued to search for her.

Late last week, the agency received a report of the body of a woman located on Tenaja Truck Trail who the Riverside County Coroner, identified Wednesday, Sept. 6, as Kinsella-Grindle.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family with expenses and can be accessed online by visiting, www.gofundme.com/jennifer-kinsellagrindle-memorial. Currently, $7,550 of the $15,000 goal has been raised using the site.

Kinsella-Grindle is survived by her husband and three children.

The investigation regarding Kinsella-Grindle’s death is ongoing.  There is no known risk to the public and anyone with any information regarding this incident should contact the Sheriff’s Department Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station at (951) 245-3300.

9 Responses to "BREAKING: Missing Murrieta woman found deceased on Tenaja Truck Trail"

  1. Wendy   September 7, 2017 at 7:55 am

    “Jennifer Kinsella-Grindle, 41, of Murrieta had been reported missing by her family Aug. 29, when her truck was found unattended near the Tenaja Truck Trailhead”
    “According to Wilson, the Murrieta Police Department was unable to contact the owner, but the same evening, received a missing persons report on Kinsella-Grindle, the owner of the vehicle.”

    So, was her vehicle found before the missing persons report was received, or after?

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    • Kim Harris   September 7, 2017 at 9:36 am

      he vehicle was found after, clarified in the story! KH

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  2. Shana   September 7, 2017 at 9:43 am

    reported missing by her family Aug. 29, hours after her truck was found unattended near the Tenaja Truck Trailhead,,,this said truck found first if I am reading corectly!

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  3. Andy Brown   September 7, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    As a former cop, I find this very suspicious indeed. The time line to the “stranger” was approached by this woman asking for water and the way she was dresssd would not to the reasonable person to think she’s homeless. The stranger called S.O. to report it. Why didn’t he or she keep her in sight if he or she was concerned? Don’t make semce. 1 more thing, cell phone. Where is her cell phone? In her truck? Who leaves their cell phone when going ANYWHERE!!!

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    • Kim Harris   September 8, 2017 at 7:31 am

      Hi Andy, thanks for commenting, but the police have yet to confirm someone giving her water, etc. We are hoping to get that confirmation when RSO is ready to release more details. When we do, we hope it will shed light on the many questions. KH

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  4. j mar   September 7, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    if they found her on the truck trail, how did they miss her on the first search ? (thats how it sounds) what a shame. rip and, condolences to the family..

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  5. Tracy   September 8, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Who hikes in flip flops?
    Who does not carry a cell phone with 3 kids at home?
    Who the heck continues to post up to the minute updates on Facebook about a missing spouse without giving a name and description.. unless prompted? How does anyone jump on Facebook and announce the death of a spouse/mother of 3- and by the way, stay tuned for memorial information- without confirmation from the coroner!
    This does not make sense.
    Rest in peace Jennifer. Your children are in my prayers.

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    • Kim Harris   September 9, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      None of that information has been confirmed by RSO, so we won’t report on it until it is. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Tracy! KH

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  6. Tracy   September 8, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    I did not expect my response to the Grindle case to be published.
    The way this story has unfolded on FB, etc leaves so much to consider. What makes sense to me may be different to someone else. I just felt compelled to share- I certainly wouldn’t want to cause the family any more grief.

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