The death of a 28-year-old man found in Banning was under investigation today.
Morongo Tribal Patrol asked sheriff’s deputies to help with a death investigation in the 48000 block of Chino Road in Banning about 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday Jan. 9.
Richard Augustine Cortez was found inside a vehicle, and “due to the circumstance,” homicide investigators were called to the scene, sheriff’s Deputy Albert Martinez said.
Cortez wasn’t a member of the Morongo tribe, Martinez said.
Anyone with more information on Cortez’s death was asked to call 760-393-3500 or 951-922-7100, or submit an anonymous tip at www.riversidesheriff.org.