Meth overdose killed Murrieta woman found off hiking trail, Sheriff’s Department says
By Brian Rokos
The Murrieta woman whose body was found near a hiking trail near the Cleveland National Forest in September died from “acute methamphetamine intoxication,” the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Monday, Dec. 18, in response to a media inquiry.
Jennifer Kinsella-Grindle, 41, a wife and mother of three, was last seen Aug. 28 headed for the Tenaja Trail wearing sandals, a tank top and shorts on a day that topped 100 degrees.
Her car, purse and cellphone were found near the trail in the mountains west of Murrieta. After several days of searching by sheriff’s personnel and her loved ones, dove hunters found a body on Sept. 1 near where she disappeared, near the Tenaja Falls trailhead.
It was confirmed to be Kinsella-Grindle several days later, and while authorities said at the time that neither homicide nor suicide was suspected, they were awaiting the results of toxicology tests to officially determine the cause of death.
“The death is classified as accidental,” Deputy Michael Vasquez wrote in an email Monday. “No follow-up investigation will be conducted regarding the source of the drugs.”
The Sheriff’s Department had considered Kinsella-Grindle “voluntary missing.”
“The investigation has not uncovered the details about Ms. Kinsella-Grindle’s whereabouts and reasons why she was certain places,” Vasquez said.
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