PERRIS – A Perris man who was last seen walking the family pit bull one morning and was later found dead in an open field had been publicly identified by coroners.
Jose Apreza, 53, was the man who sheriff’s deputies found Dec. 29 in the field about 240 yards southwest of Orange Avenue and Evans Road in Perris, according to the Riverside County coroner’s office.
Apreza had been reported missing when he failed to return home several hours after walking the pit bull. A sheriff’s deputy who discovered Apreza’s body was reportedly attacked by the animal that the deputy shot and killed in self-defense, sheriff’s officials had reported.
No new details were immediately available today about how Apreza died, but the coroner’s office reported the sheriff’s office was investigating the case.