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."

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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