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17-year-old boy found dead a day after shooting investigation in North Shore area

Update 3/27/24

The coroner's office identified the person found dead as Francisco Ramirez, 17, of Mecca.

The investigation into his death remains ongoing. Anyone with any info is urged to call Master Investigator R. Deanne of the Central Homicide Unit at 951–955–2777 or Investigator P. Lorton of the Thermal Sheriff’s Station at 760–863–8990.

Original Report 3/26/24

Investigators found the body of a person believed to have been involved in a shooting on Monday just after midnight in the North Shore/Mecca area.

The body of an unidentified man was found in the area of 72nd Avenue and Sea View Way in North Shore on Tuesday. Viewers notified News Channel 3 of a heavy police presence in the area at around 4:30 p.m.

A spokesperson for the Riverside County Sheriff's Office said the death is believed to be related to a shooting that was reported at around 12:06 a.m. on Monday in the 71000 block of Miramar Drive in Mecca.

The shooting area is a little over half a mile away from where the body was later found.

At the time of the original report, deputies did find evidence of a shooting but were not able to locate a victim or a suspect.

"The investigation continued until the following day, March 26th, when they located a deceased male adult in the area of Sea View Way and Avenue 72, believed to be involved in the incident," writes Sergeant Wenndy Brito-Gonzalez, the agency's public information officer.

The Central Homicide Unit has assumed the investigation, which is ongoing. No additional information is available at this time, Brito-Gonzalez added.

Deputies have blocked off the area of 72nd Ave at Seaview going eastbound.

Stay with News Channel 3 as we continue to learn more about the investigation.

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