The Riverside County Sheriff's Department reminded hikers to bring plenty of food, water and a mobile charging port when venturing out on hiking trips. Hikers are also advised to carry climate-appropriate clothing. Photo from Pixabay.
Example of hiker’s supplies. Photo from Pixabay.

Two men who died under suspicious circumstances in the Santa Ana River bottom, near the boundary separating Jurupa Valley and Riverside, were publicly identified Thursday.

Kevin James Nelson, 32, and Jonathan Edward Townsend, 38, both of Riverside, were discovered dead in the area of Crestmore Road and the Mission Inn Avenue bridge on the morning of Sept. 2.

Riverside County sheriff’s deputies and firefighters were called to the location to investigate reports of people in distress and found the men’s bodies, as well as a woman suffering moderate to serious injuries.

She was taken to Riverside Community Hospital for treatment, but no information was released regarding her identity or whether she was connected to the fatalities.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Ed Baeza described the men’s deaths as “suspicious,” but would not elaborate further. He said Central Homicide Unit detectives are handling the case and seeking witnesses.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the investigative team at 951-955-2777.

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