The body of a 33-year-old Desert Hot Springs woman was found in a shallow grave in the desert community of Sky Valley early Friday morning, Sept. 28.
A Thousand Palms man is in custody on suspicion of her murder.
The woman, whose name has not been released pending formal identification, was found at 1 a.m. after a search that included the use of a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department bloodhound. The discovery followed a chase Thursday afternoon that began at a home on Longvue Road where the body was found.
Carl Richard Perdock was booked into the Indio Jail. His bail was set at $1 million.
According to a Sheriff’s Department news release, deputies responded at 1:29 p.m. Thursday report from a man in the 23000 block of Hot Springs Road in Thousand Palms who said his roommate was depressed over a break-up with an ex-girlfriend and was making threatening statements.
When deputies arrived, they were directed to the 21900 block of Hot Springs Road, where they found evidence of a possible struggle, the release said. The investigation then led them to a home in the 23000 block of Longvue Road, where a man fled in a red Jeep Cherokee, and leading deputies on a chase into the desert area.
At one point a California Highway Patrol helicopter and police dog joined in the hunt. Perdock was eventually taken into custody.
Investigators began searching for a victim and with the help of the bloodhound, discovered the woman’s body.
The Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with information about the incident to contact investigators at 760-393-3500.