.

Body Found in Murrieta Apartment Fire Identified by Coroner

The cause and manner of 23-year-old Shanae Wesley's death was still pending investigation Friday, a coroner's official told Patch.

Authorities released the name Friday of a woman discovered dead Wednesday morning when a fire broke out in a Murrieta apartment.

Shanae Wesley, 23, was identified by the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner's Office as the victim. The cause and manner of her death are still pending investigation, the coroner's office told Patch.

Wesley's deceased body was found inside the burning apartment at Waterstone, 24850 Hancock Ave., unit V-103, just before 7 a.m. Wednesday as Murrieta fire crews searched for victims.

A 3- to 4-year-old boy was rescued from the flames by an off-duty seasonal CAL FIRE Riverside County firefighter, The Press-Enterprise reported.

Murrieta police have not confirmed whether the boy was Wesley's son.

As of this post, no update in the ongoing investigation into Wesley's death was available from Murrieta police.

Residents of Waterstone apartments are at a loss—such as Kristina Economos, who lives one building from Wesley's apartment.

Economos told Patch she walked her dog at 6:30 a.m. the morning of the fire, at which time she neither saw nor heard anything.

"My dog stopped in front of Shanae's balcony...and did nothing," Economos said Friday. "Normally if she hears anything she jumps, but she did nothing, nothing. She sniffed around; I heard nothing. And we turned around and came back home."

At 6:45 a.m., Economos said she came back downstairs with her daughters, and that is when she knew something was wrong.

"You could see all the smoke and the Fire Department was just showing up," Economos said. "You could hear the glass break. The flames—they were just outrageous, they were huge."

Economos said she has since been interviewed by two Murrieta police detectives. Other neighbors also confirmed they were quizzed as to what they remember from that morning.

Murrieta police continue to investigate Wesley's death as suspicious, but told Patch releasing details to the public through the media could jeopardize their work.

Until then, neighbors such as Economos continue to speculate.

Tasha November 05, 2012 at 12:25 AM
This is crazy even though she lived far away her family in MI still cared about her. I hope justice is served!
Alicia November 07, 2012 at 05:27 PM
If you would like to donate to Shanae's son who was rescued from the fire, please follow this link...a trust fund was set up by the police in his name: http://www.murrieta.org/civica/press/display.asp?layout=1&Entry=274
GINA November 16, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Becca, I knew Shanae very well so please, if their is anything I can do to help let me know. I'd love to help her son and much as possible. I will try to earn as much as I possibly can and donate as soon as possible. I'm so sorry for your loss. She was such an amazing young woman.
GINA November 16, 2012 at 04:22 AM
SHANAE WAS ONE OF MY GOOD FRIENDS AND I'VE KNOWN HER SON HIS WHOLE LIFE. I CAN'T EVEN BELIEVE THIS HAS HAPPENED. I DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO GIVE BECAUSE I AM GOING THROUGH A TOUGH TIME FINANCIALLY BUT I WILL PERSONALLY DONATE $100 TO THE TRUST FUND FOR EACH PERSON WHO WILL ALLOW ME TO INSTALL A BRAND NEW ADT HOME SECURITY SYSTEM IN THERE HOME BEFORE JANUARY 1ST 2013. WE WILL TAKE CARE OF ALL EQUIPMENT COST TO INSTALL THIS ALARM. THIS MEANS THERE IS NO UP FRONT COST TO YOU. THIS WILL HELP PROTECT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FROM ANY FUTURE INVADERS. CONTACT MY HUSBAND OR I FOR FURTHER INFORMATION THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CARING FOR MY FRIEND AND HER SON. GINA (951) 704- 0538 TERRY (858) 583 - 4309
Brenda November 20, 2012 at 01:45 AM
It was an interesting post wasn't it Cyclist? Especially now with a suspect in custody. Trying to get some information out of anyone.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »