Woman’s body discovered during welfare check in Palm Desert

PALM DESERT — Investigators from the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station and the Central Homicide Unit are probing the death of a woman whose body was discovered during a welfare check on April 5, according to Sgt. Richard Carroll.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department have identified the woman as 57-year-old Sandra Mayor, a resident of Palm Desert, as the victim of a recent homicide.

Her husband, 53-year-old Thomas Daniels, is a person of interest in the investigation and his current whereabouts are unknown.

Mayor’s body was found inside her Wisconsin Avenue home in Palm Desert, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reported Wednesday.

At 9:06 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, deputies from the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station responded to a residence in the 42000 block of Wisconsin Avenue in Palm Desert to check on the welfare of a resident after she did not arrive to work earlier in the morning. Deputies accessed the residence and located a deceased adult female with traumatic injuries.

Deputies secured the area and began an investigation.

Investigators from the Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station and the Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation.

Welfare checks, also known as wellness checks, are when police authorities check up on someone to ensure that they are alive, safe, and generally OK. They are not criminal investigations, but part of the law enforcement officers’ caretaking duty within their community. Welfare checks are requested by friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers, usually after someone unexpectedly stops answering their phone or getting in touch with others. Police officers respond to the request and knock on the person’s door to see if they are well.

The investigation is ongoing, and no additional details are currently available. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages anyone with information or video regarding the incident to contact Central Homicide Investigator Robertson at (951) 955–2777.

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