Family of Woman Left to Die on Roadside Cries Murder

Wanda McGlover of Winchester, 68, was found Friday on Brookridge Lane by family members after she did not return from her usual morning walk, according to investigators.

UPDATE: The Riverside County Sheriff's Department announced Thursday, Sept. 27, it was investigating the death as a homicide. Read more here.


A Winchester woman left for dead by the road in French Valley was assaulted by someone, rather than struck by a hit-and-run driver, her family alleged Wednesday.

Wanda McGlover of Winchester, 68, was found Friday on Brookridge Lane by family members after she did not return from her usual morning walk, according to investigators.

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

She suffered severe head trauma and died later at Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta.

Initial reports indicated that McGlover had been struck by a vehicle and left to die but on Wednesday her family released information that the victim had been on the phone with her youngest daughter when an attack occurred.

According to a news release issued by the family, the youngest daughter heard someone grab her mother's cell phone as they spoke and McGlover screamed her daughter's name.

The family has called a news conference to discuss the case and to ask for the public's help in tracking down whomever mortally injured McGlover.

The daughter reportedly called her sister and brother -- with whom McGlover lived -- and also tried to call Temecula deputies but got an automated response.

A family member held McGlover's hand until medics arrived.

The family contends McGlover died of cardiac arrest, brought on by the trauma to her head.

Investigation Continues

In another development, Patch confirmed Wednesday with CHP that McGlover was involved in a fatal pedestrian accident the evening of Aug. 7 on Interstate 215 in Perris.

A 46-year-old Perris man was walking on the right shoulder of the southbound lanes just north of Highway 74, according to Riverside area CHP Sgt. Meeker.

McGlover was driving a 2010 Ford Flex at about 55-60 mph when for unknown reasons, the pedestrian walked into the far right lane and she hit him, Meeker said.

The pedestrian was struck down into freeway lanes and further impact caused him to suffer fatal injuries, according to Meeker.

Limited information is still being released about McGlover's fatal injuries suffered Friday, about a block from her home.

The Temecula CHP office was on scene of the tragedy Wednesday afternoon. A few dozen authorities were combing an adjacent field.

"The coroner related that the injuries could be consistent with a motor vehicle collision," said Temecula area CHP Officer Nathan Baer. "No other leads to share right now."

As to whether the two incidents could be related, Baer said: "No comment on that yet."

V.W.D.S. September 27, 2012 at 04:49 PM
One thing I would like to note - lately - there have been alot of assaults that were unprovoked - random violence - trying to make sense out of the senseless is futile. This could have been a horrible act of violence that has no sense / rhyme/ connection/ or reason. It wouldn't be the first time. In this day and age, we need to be cautious and alert of our surroundings at all times.
The Republican September 27, 2012 at 04:57 PM
This is why ordinary citizens should have the right to carry a firearm. especially women. i have been in danger in the past and have carried in public. It is better to use and defend and go to jail than be dead. i have also used a firearm twice in my life . One time to stop a theft in progress in my home and a second time when some thugs demanded my wallet and got a weapon pointed at them...but tis was in another state I lived in that had right to carry. The only way to stop a thug or a violent freak is to counter it with equal or superior force. Waiting for five minutes or longer for the police to protect you will just cause tragedy and even death.
Andrea September 27, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Seriously they have EXPLORERS looking for clues? We cant get a few REAL cops off their asses to help comb for evidence, what Temecula cant spare them from passing out speeding tixs for a few hours. SICKENS ME at the lack of respect this case is really getting from our POLICE FORCE!
V.W.D.S. September 27, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Andrea I am pretty sure you misunderstand the investigative process. I have been through the murder of a friend and the process involved - these people that they put on the case are part of a team of investigators - you will not see regular police (the kind that hand out tickets) spending time on investigating suspected homicides. In addition, they will rarely disclose what they are looking for, or what information they already have, or what leads they have found. It is frustrating and heartbreaking at times, but they do know what they are doing.
Tmlure September 27, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I wish there was a "like" button on here. Al I "like" this comment and totally agree with every word.
Dee September 28, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Well, what we do know is she was murdered. It was not robbery motivated. It was not sexual motivated. It could be random, it could be the same killer. But highly unlikely since the method is not the same. Random? Too vicious. I am more leaning on retaliation. P.s. cant you all lighten up on Brenda! Why spew so much venom?
Joy September 28, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Thankfully stupidity is not a crime. You can create a new account with a different name but when you continue to post illogical, biased, factually unsupported "opinions" we know who you really are masquerading under the guise of another Patch reader. If your RA meds make you a little dopey it might be time to give the keyboard a rest.
The Republican September 28, 2012 at 01:31 AM
I really hope they find who did this fast. It sounds like there is motive of revenge involved. It is scary that someone would do something so horrendous to someone I live very close to the area involved. It has me very concerned.
Dee September 28, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Joy, are you and Anita drink sisters? You must be from the same batch. Why so angry? Calm down. We are just giving opinions here, like you are giving opinions on people's character. Opinions are just opinions. There is no ill will.
Bob September 28, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Last Thursday night I waited 45 minuets for the sheriff's to respond to my call of a trespasser who was threatening violence, trying to call me out of my house to fight, making street gang threats and gang revenge. All because I asked them to leave a closed HOA pool at 11:15pm when the pool closes at 10pm when security locks up the gates. I have taken his threats of gang affiliation seriously and now keep a loaded firearm in a hidden, yet readily accessible location on each floor of my house. Yes, at the time of the incident when this thug was standing outside my front door screaming and threatening physical violence. I loaded my 357 and stood 10ft inside from the front door prepared to shoot him if he dared kick in my door. He was last seen getting into a car with 3 others and drove outside of the HOA. It is believed that his group does not live here and felt it was their right to trespass in someone else pool and then threaten violence when asked to leave. Absolutely, French Valley is not safe and there is a serious lack of sheriff's protection as stated by Sheriff Sniff himself "Deputies Have Vaporized in French Valley". He made this statement in response to transferring patrol deputies out of unincorporated patrol to fill contract city positions. I strongly believe the sheriff's actions are wrong and have obviously placed the lives of French Valley Citizens in danger.
Lindy September 28, 2012 at 03:19 AM
I live nearby and on Friday afternoon, the roads were closed off and the "investigators" were looking and walking the area... not one cop stopped any of us who were driving by and asked any questions about anything we might have seen etc...I hope if anyone in the area heard or saw anything, even if they think it's not important, to speak up... I really thought the police would have wanted to talk to neighbors on that day...
Jorge Lopez September 28, 2012 at 05:49 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.
Brenda September 28, 2012 at 07:04 AM
CM- I am surprised you would say this the short amount of time you have been signed up for patch and your two comments. I respond to most all stories that have to do with our City, be they, the quarry, supporting wages our firemen and police make, drunk driver issues, more bike lanes needed and respect for each other on the roads until we get them, other road and speed limit issues, our schools/teachers, the traffic and danger kids are in near the school when picked up and dropped off, drugs, border patrols efforts to stop any amts of drugs coming over, our freeway issues(which are now being seen to a bit at a time), our need for a few more officers in and around as a deterrant for drunk drivers as we have had so many accidents the last year, keeping houses and yards cleaned up on foreclosures/rentals, donations to many organizations for single mothers, parents, young pregnant girls and with new babies, donations of product or money for accident victims, schools, fundraisers at Pizza places for schools, and for ranches taking in horses other animals left to die, etc. etc. etc. If you do not want to read my posts that is fine, just skip right past them and maybe in the future Patch will have a way to block me :) I will make an effort to shorten my posts and continue to still give iformation that most do find informative, helpful or even funny. Good nite to you.
Brenda September 28, 2012 at 07:11 AM
Lord AL, Now how do you say all that about me with such a new Patch account and this your first comment? Somewhere below is a comment to CM, you can read that if you like, cause I am not going to type it twice. We here at the Temecula Patch have cruised right along for the longest time and then all of a sudden we get new names the last week, and a few deciding to bash on me for no reason. If you dont want to read a post there is no reason to insult someone, just do not read it right? If I didnt agree with something you wrote I surely would not get on here and say mean things to you at all, I am an adult and it wouldnt even enter my mind. The only thing I can think of is you are some of the Murrieta and Menifee people that came here to argue and insult the editors and the patch a few weeks ago? Then each other by posting each others personal information on comments in the Patch? I dont know why, how come, what for, and it really doesnt matter to me, but just to say ignore my post, skip past it on whatever name you are on huney. : ) Its all good.
Brenda September 28, 2012 at 07:15 AM
LOL Flower, I kind of take that as a compliment. I have never watched any one of those kind shows. You also have a new account, wow, everyone coming out of the wood work to bash me instead of commenting on this sorry horrible incident to a neighbor of all of ours. I have no idea why any one would make my comments about this case more important, and as I said, pass them right up. Also if you count posts there are some that are as much and a couple more then me, and alot got deleted. So very unimportant compared to what this story is about.
Brenda September 28, 2012 at 07:18 AM
And to 2nd what VW says, they do work a process, and each assigned to each part and connect off and on all day. It is frustrating even if your house was burglarized, or the Apple store burlarized, no matter what the crime they have to have those ducks in a row.
Brenda September 28, 2012 at 07:21 AM
Good comment and informative and short. Wish I could get mine those short, LOL. Its ok, there are always a couple who go back and forth changing names, to come out and try to get the topic off the matter at hand. Some people use this forum to do just that, be mean to others, take out their own anger I guess, cause I sure dont understand it. Its simple to just skip right past my comments. Done deal. Your comment from reading all of the articles(I can see you have)has enabled you to put the pieces together.
Brenda September 28, 2012 at 07:45 AM
I hear from an email you have alot of posts here for me tonite "JOY" demeaning, harrassing, stalking, and posting what might be my personal information. I haven't gotten to those yet, and not sure I will tonite. Was gone all day and rather tired. I will say this here, now, that I have NEVER changed my name or user name or email on Patch, and have never thought of it, or had a reason to. I am here to read our local news on the Temecula Patch, and sometimes Murrieta and comment if its something I feel I have something informative to say. You have done nothing but threaten people from YOUR FIRST POST, with no reason. You came out spouting legal and police investigation procedures trying to make a few commenters feel scared, stop posting, delete their Patch accts because you had their personal information. You've used Ms. Wanda's death to threaten, and scare people who share things they feel might help, and you don't stop. Just like me? Why go after me seriously? YOU can threaten me, call me names, you can post information on here about me. AS most everyone here KNOWS me, 52, disabled with RA and others, take medications that make me sick, as they are chemo medications, and no RA medications, LOL, do not make you feel dopey at all and do not contain dope. My comments are about Ms. Wanda her family and anything I can do for all and any of them in their time of grieving, anger, and needing our support, not someone making a name up and harrassing others on here.
Brenda September 28, 2012 at 07:50 AM
Dee, Anita believe it or not would be this strange. Joy is a whole different case here going to get peoples personal information and threatening to post it online. Apparently she has posted mine somewhere and I have not gotten to it. However, I will not be addressing her/him/it any further because I am not going to discuss anything here other then MS Wanda and her family as I have been, and its truly sad and sick that "Joy" has brought this attacking me and others into this article. Joy started on several people in the first article within the first 10 posts threatening the commenters.
Brenda September 28, 2012 at 07:54 AM
Lindy that was one question I had early on. With everyone driving or walking kids to school during that time, there had to be someone, just one person who saw a car stopped there for even a moment. Or someone standing there. There might have been that person, but the police will not release that information while they are collecting everything else they need. Hopefully put the case together against someone with the evidence, present it to the DA, then the DA will say, yes its enough evidence, lets charge them. I pray to read that in the paper one day very soon.
Brenda September 28, 2012 at 08:00 AM
MyTown, Its been a rough last year with crimes we hardly ever saw in Temecula and surrounding areas. If we could plant a chip in each persons are that has them be considerate of others on foot, bikes, motorcycles, cars, trucks, campers, etc. That everyone just slow down a bit, and give enough room, slow down even a bit more if you do see someone walking or riding on something. Slow down and go the speed limits, and dont be an aggressive wreckless driver. It just all comes down to being considerate. Now about all the burglaries, drunk driver deaths, and the few attacks on women, and a few murders on men, actually quite a few, I dont know if a chip would work, but that would be nice too. As much as we all like the idea of about 10 more officers in our areas, not sure that would help. Might with the traffic, walkers,speeders, wreckless drivers, bike riders problems though.
Brenda September 28, 2012 at 08:17 AM
First to The Republican, Yes on guns, and I do have them also readily available including the alarms, and German Shephard and 2 other barkers. I used to have a license to carry oh lord years and years ago when I was majoring in Criminal Justice. It felt so much secure going anywhere, long drives especially with just me and my daughters. Besides, criminals will always get the guns they use anyway so what will banning them, or stop selling them do? Not a darn thing! The criminals dont go out and buy them, LOL. Ok next Bob, good lord in heaven, is the association all aware of this and who this guy is? Getting restraining orders to keep him out? I think they need to get private security there until, well actually all the time. Armed guard at that. That is a serious thing to have happen to one of their residents and I would think they would be on top of that. Keep on top of them Bob to do something proactive cause that guy will be back. They dont like being told what NOT to do. The Sniff thing is right on, and we do have a few small areas that have literally not one officer by it. I know we have asked for 10 or a minimum of 10 and I hope to god we get them especially for those areas of French Valley.
Susan Edwards September 28, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I agree with you Al......on every story!
Flower Girl September 28, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Yes Brenda, my account with Patch is new. However I have lived in this community since 1980 and have read the Patch for years. Patch is the first place I turn to when I want to find out what is taking place in my community. I have read your comments (novels) for ever it seems and until recently choose to ignore and pass right over them. Just saying, once again.... Is there anything you do not know or feel the need to journal? Your assumptions and need to express "your" opinions on every case as to what "could" have taken place can be hurtful to family and friends. I know as I have had a family member recently pass in a tragic car accident and was subject to evil, heartless opinions and down right rude statements as to what they were probably doing (cell or texting, DUI...) when the accident occurred. We still do not know all the facts of the accident as the investigation (report) by CHP is still not complete. I believe your assumptions and opinions as to what "may" have occurred are not necessary. That why we have investigators who were present at the scene, have collected evidence and compile their information into reports to (hopefully) solve these vicious crimes.
CM September 28, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Couldn't have said it better then Flower Girl! Brenda, Shut up already! Noone cares about your opinions, noone even responds! I too have been here my whole life, and have been reading patch for quite some time. I just choose not to post so that I don't have to interact with You Brenda!
thinkaboutit September 30, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Its very possible that since she was involved in a previous accident that caused a fatality(no fault of her own per the story) that a family member of the previous victim could have sought revenge.Well I pray the truth will be found soon.I dont believe it was an accident , but a planned murder.
Brenda October 01, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Thinkaboutit, a few of us have been attacked on here for no apparent reason and then our personal information displayed on here, or threatened to be spread around on here for even suggesting possible causes of the murder. Who knows why, we get all kinds on here. Most of us agree with you on the same crime scenerio and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to get us to that belief. I do believe the police will definately get the perps and our community will not rest until they do.
Michelle October 30, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Brenda, For someone who is so concerned about whatever personal information Joy may or may not have posted about you, you really should think about all the (completely unneccessary) personal information you, yourself, have provided in the comments. I know your birthdate, what street you live on, and what kind of car you drive, not that I have any care or use for this information. But, you have put it all out there for me to see, as well as anyone else who reads your comments. As others have stated, it really is not necessary to comment on EVERY. SINGLE. THING. you read. If you have something valuable to offer, great. If you're just typing for the sake of seeing all of your thoughts in print, perhaps it's best to just keep it to yourself. I rarely find your posts informative, helpful, or at all funny, and it seems I'm not alone. I understand that you have a right to comment whenever you choose (and Lord knows, you fully exercise that ability), and, you're right, we could all just skip over whatever you have to say, but it's kind of like a bad car accident, some of us just can't look away. And, just remember, if everyone starts skipping over all of your comments, you lose your voice. If, and when, the time comes that you actually have something valuable to say, it won't be read, because everyone will have become accustomed to skipping over all of it.
Anne Stalker April 12, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Having recently relocated to French Valley, I am curious about an obvious fact. Location of the courthouse, jail and bondsman are sure to attract undesirable elements to our area. I'm of the opinion that released felons might harbor resentment toward society and retaliate indiscriminately... Perhaps more reason for vigilance and extra law enforcement presence...
Brenda April 12, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Anne, if you go by the area at visitation time you will see them arrive by bus, car to visit their compadres, husbands, wives, etc. That area at times is full of and let me phrase this properly "people that could very well be criminals themselves by their attire, tatoos" who are visiting. Some sit around for hours apparently waiting for rides or others to get done with visits. I would not live near there, which is a shame, just because of the element surrounding that jail and court, juvenile hall. Its possible for someone to retaliate indiscriminately when released and then head back to a local home, or Los Angeles, Riverside, wherever they came from before their arrest here. Being a transcient type town so close to the freeways we are always a nice spot for criminal attacks of all sorts. The easy get away, change cars, keep going, which is why I think we seem to have an issue finding alot of the more serious criminals that hit our town. With the recent murder of "Larry" at Petes Guitars it brings home just how fast someone can get in, steal, murder, and get out. All we can do is protect ourselves with our alarms, dogs, locked doors, and of course a firearm if you choose to. Keep track of our children and keep the family updated on what crimes are going on and where. Knowledge of what is going on in our town is the first way to prevent it hopefully.


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