Authorities ID Woman Found Dead on Roadside

Wanda McGlover, 68, was identified as the woman found dead Friday on Brookridge Lane in an area of Winchester known as French Valley.

The identity of a woman left for dead Friday on a French Valley roadside was confirmed by authorities today.

The woman's name was Wanda McGlover of Winchester, a Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner's office employee told Patch.

The body of McGlover, 68, was found Friday on Brookridge Lane by family members after she did not return from her usual morning walk, according to California Highway Patrol-Temecula area, the investigating agency.

Brookridge Lane is off of Washington Street near a park and housing tracts, in an area of Winchester known as French Valley.

The woman was seriously injured and initial evidence was consistent with her being struck by a vehicle, according to a statement released Friday by CHP Officer Nathan Baer.

McGlover was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta, where she was pronounced dead at 9:50 a.m. Friday, according to a coroner's report.

As of Friday, CHP was investigating the death as a felony hit and run.

Patch readers described McGlover as an African American woman often spotted walking in the area wearing brightly-colored dresses and hats.

An article published by the The Press-Enterprise stated she was a foster parent to three boys.

She may have been on her cellphone with her daughter at the time the fatal incident occurred, The Press-Enterprise reported.

An outcome of the investigation into her death was still pending as of Tuesday morning, according to coroner and CHP officials.

Anyone with information pertaining to the investigation was asked to call the Temecula Area CHP office at 951-506-2000.

THE REAL Anita Drink September 25, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Everyone should read the Press-Enterprise article. It has quotes and facts from her daughter. This was not a hit and run... it was murder and that murderer is still out there.
Diane September 25, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I just Googled Wanda McGlover and found a different incident in N. Cty Times article from august. Wanda McGlover as age 70 lives in french Valley drives a 2010 ford flex struck and killed someone who stepped in front of her. Is this the same person???
Todd September 25, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Betty Smith September 25, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Teara Richardson September 25, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Here is the link for the PE article....this is just sad that no one is making the connection or at least looking into it http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/temecula/temecula-headlines-index/20120924-french-valley-woman-was-on-phone-when-fatally-injured.ece
Teara Richardson September 25, 2012 at 08:41 PM
sorry looks like i posted same thing, but it also looks like i am not the only one that thinks this should be made public
Local Girl September 25, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Why is the Patch story so different from the PE?
Local Girl September 25, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Yes Diane it is the same person. It is covered in the PE article (link below).
Bob September 26, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I live in the housing tracks of French Valley. This is the 3rd incident this year that I am aware of in which a woman walking alone has been attacked in the French Valley area during the day time. To quote Sheriff Sniff earlier this year, "Deputies in French Valley have Vaporized" in remarks about how unincorporated area deputies are being removed from patrol to fill in contract vacancies in the contract cities due to the Board of Supervisors hiring freeze. Every one in French Valley should be making calls and knocking on the doors of the the Southwest Sheriff station Commander, Sheriff Sniff's office and that idiot Mr. Stone who represents us on the Board of Supervisors.
V.W.D.S. September 26, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Bob, I don't live in French Valley but I did notice that this seems to be the 3rd incident that I have read about - the worst, no doubt, but all seem to involve women walking alone near rural streets. They are attacked. I don't know if they are linked but it makes me wonder if someone isn't out there stalking them.
Brenda September 26, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Yes, Anita, we got a link from a reader to over there and much more direct information. I do not believe they have released a statement asking for residents to be aware because they know who did this to her. Diana, hit the head on the nail, and I am hesitating to say it. :./ An eye for an eye.
Brenda September 26, 2012 at 03:57 AM
The other attacks were far different werent they Bob and VW? The two park attacks? One on a bike, and the other jogging and the man came up behind her and stabbed her multiple times? MO's I think are different? Do you have a link to the prior assaults? This was not for robbery, her cell phone was beside her, we have not heard if there was a sexual assault, and it appears someone walked up to her at least, held her for the car to hit and then leave her in the gully(ditch).
Brenda September 26, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Would also like the links regarding the incident in August where Wanda hit someone walking out onto the 215 freeway and she apparently hit them. I think the police are more then aware of the possibility of a connection.
Dee September 26, 2012 at 05:31 AM
This is so scary. I enjoy jogging in the evening, and now I am not after this. In broad daylight no less. Of course one never knows what one will do when faced with an actual confrontation, but I have it planned that I will yell as loud as I can info that others can hear, such as the type of car, the ethnicity, the clothing. Even if I am going down, at least leave a description that others can tell the police.
Helipilot September 26, 2012 at 06:27 AM
I was a witness to the death of the subject on the 215. She was so shaken and sad. One of her adopted sons was the passenger and was so sad. All I know is that she was a nice lady and was a serious victim of being in the wrong place at wrong time. I hope the police get to this suspect who murdered her before I do. My unique set of occupational skills will be used to their fullest.
THE REAL Anita Drink September 26, 2012 at 06:38 AM
A law firm is on it... http://www.theseegmillerlawfirm.com/blog/personal-injury/marvin-brooks-pedestrian-accident/ She killed (accident!) Marvin Brooks on August 8th. http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/perris/perris-headlines-index/20120808-perris-man-killed-on-i-215-is-idd.ece Her daughter also posted a YouTube video of her mother. She was a very talented seamstress and business owner. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqLapiXT-oI&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Ray Helsham September 26, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Yes I remember her. For two years my brother in-law and myself drive through scott rd through the water plant into the winery area for work 5-days a week. And we have noticed her walking every single day this was consistant. Her colorful attire and hat was always noticeable daily. I can't believe this happened to a peaceful person who seemed so harmful and non-threating. I was told about this from my brother-in law, after he read the press enterprise. Two years prior one evening heading home on this same road, we were turned arounded by sherrifs deputies who were blocking the road due to an investigation. It was on the newspaper that a truck driver spotted a body of white female laying on the side of the road. I still drive through this road everyday headed to work. My sincere condolences to the family and their loss, she was only a person that I remembered seeing daily as I drove to work. I'm very saddened by this incident along with my brother-inlaw. The other walker that has also been consistant is a caucasion female with two dogs, that has also been seen walking this fairly new and quiet community. Ray F Helsham San Jacinto....
Brenda September 26, 2012 at 02:22 PM
RM, this prior accident that was mentioned lightly on PE's first article, on the 215 was pretty much the most obvious piece of evidence thus far. Got us off the hit and run and brought realization why the police had not put out a warning for the nieghborhood to be on alert for a random person assaulting/killing women. As soon as they knew who she was they figured out these two cases could relate and went into "we do not have any further information to release or comments at this time" mode. Now I understand why they did that.
Brenda September 26, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Damn Anita, you have all your ducks in a row. Now lets hope the water doesn't just slide off "their" backs.
Brenda September 26, 2012 at 02:35 PM
DEE, I dont think its safe for anyone to jog or bike anymore by themselves with or without Ms. Wanda's murder. There have been several attacks on women, one a stabbing and she is still recovering all these months later. All grabbed from behind, and someone said something about joggers, walkers need to get the ear phones OFF, so they can hear if someone is around them. But then not all these cases had ear phones on, but it is a great idea to dump those. So, please jog where alot of others do, or do it at a safer time of day(which really doesnt seem to be one anymore). Find partners, other joggers, or bike riders to go with, anything that will keep you safe. I am beginning to think after the last year in Southeast County we need to get more permits to carry weapons, it feels like the old west outlaws against us innocent town and farm folk.
Brenda September 26, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Oh I am sure they have made the connection, just not something we should be talking about here.
Andrea September 26, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Wanda's daughter was my neighbor and I only had the pleasure of meeting Wanda once. But in the meeting she was such a sweetheart. You could feel the love she had for her children and grandchildren. My heart breaks for them at this time and hope answers are found.
Jorge Lopez September 28, 2012 at 05:47 AM
A candlelight vigil will be held this Sunday, September 30th @ 6pm at the park near Washington St. & Brookridge Ln. in honor of Ms. Wanda McGlover. We as a community, friends and family with gather in prayer in hopes to bring justice to Ms. Wanda, the family and our community. Please join us.


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