The body of a woman believed to be in her 80s was found Friday morning in the front yard of her Bear Creek home, authorities have confirmed.
According to Lt. Tony Conrad of the Murrieta Police Department, the body was found at 6:57 a.m. by someone passing by the Bear Creek Drive home.
Conrad said at this point it appears the woman’s death was not the result of foul play, but the investigation is ongoing.
“She likely succumb to the elements,” he said, noting that the woman was clothed but not dressed for the near-freezing temperatures reported last night and early this morning.
It’s unknown why the woman was outside or how long she had been there.
“We are still investigating,” Conrad said.
At press time, the woman’s identity has not been released by authorities. It’s believed she lived with family.
Murrieta’s Bear Creek is an upscale, gated community off Clinton Keith Road. According to Conrad, there has not been a crime spike in the area.
“We have nothing out of the ordinary,” he said.