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Investigators Hold Checkpoint at Scene of Brutal French Valley Attack

A checkpoint was held at 7:30 a.m. at Brookridge Lane and Washington Street in Winchester, where 68-year-old Wanda McGlover was found traumatically injured Sept. 21. She died shortly thereafter.

As part of a continuing investigation into the brutal roadside attack of a French Valley woman, authorities held a checkpoint Friday.

The checkpoint was held at 7:30 a.m. at Brookridge Lane and Washington Street in Winchester, where 68-year-old Wanda McGlover was found traumatically injured Sept. 21. She died shortly thereafter at a local hospital.

Taking part in Friday's checkpoint were investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department Central Homicide Unit and Southwest Station, officers from California Highway Patrol Temecula area and volunteers.

"The purpose of the checkpoint was to contact motorists and pedestrians to identify possible witnesses and hand out fliers asking for the public's help in locating the person(s) responsible for the death of Wanda McGlover," said sheriff's Sgt. Lisa McConnell, in a news release.

It is believed that McGlover walked her usual route near the intersection the morning of the attack. One of McGlover's daughters told authorities she was on the cellphone with her when the alleged attacker or attackers approached.

"The checkpoint enabled investigators to reach out to commuters who may travel through the area routinely," McConnell said.

In addition to this checkpoint, McConnell said investigators have conducted several extensive neighborhood canvasses and interviews of nearby homeowners.

McGlover's death was initially thought to be a hit-and-run, but the case is now being handled as a homicide investigation.

About 100 people turned out Sunday for a candlelight prayer vigil at a park near the scene of the attack.

McGlover's daughter, who does not wish to be indentified by the media, asked that people visit a website here to give any tips about the case and also to donate money, because the time might come when the family may have to launch its own investigation.

Donations would also help to gather funds for a possible reward for information leading to the killer, the daughter said.

"This was a brutal, brutal, brutal attack. Somebody knows something," she said.

1 in the wilderness October 08, 2012 at 07:15 AM
Man really reading all the comments on how law enforcement has handled the situation, it almost leads you to believe maybe they had something to do with this tragic event. Knowing most ppl would think this had a connection to what took place back in August. Also maybe in fact law enforcement had something to do with the event in August & they figured if Ms. McG (rip) was deceased then the event that took place involving her would no longer be investigated...
1 in the wilderness October 08, 2012 at 07:25 AM
Also I hate to say it, but I'd have to agree, if this were a white lady they would have had the entire area blocked off & searching/questioning every person in or passing through the area that very day., & they would have already arrested probably a couple suspects even they only brought em in for questioning...thats why I say the police may have something to do with this. & to my white sisters/brothers this is not to upset you, but its the truth.
old neighbor October 08, 2012 at 08:58 PM
All you people just need to stop!!!!!!!!!!
Brenda October 12, 2012 at 01:15 AM
I do NOT agree with this having anything to do RACIALLY at all. Where it got started on here, should have ended it because its ludicrous. The police IF they missed the signs of an apparent very well set up murder, need to be investigated themselves because of the evidence that could have been tampered with or contaminated. IF THE news story is believed, the first one, they says possible hit and run, but that could mean they also saw the other evidence but it could still represent hit and run. Even the blood path......I AM STRETCHING IT too because that trail should have tipped them off that it just might be more then a hit and run, but it could also be an adempt to make sure they got away be pulling her body to the ditch. There are many scenerios and when no one witnesses something like this, it should be preserved well as a hit and run also, and it doesnt appear it was. But seriously, if the cops dropped the ball it has nothing to do with Ms. Wanda being black as I am sure it was obvious she was important to the community to the cops and even some of the cops may have seen her before. Drop the RACIST Stuff please.
Brenda October 12, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Pk, I think its going in one ear and out the other with this guy. :/

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