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UPDATE: Woman Found Dead In Lake Elsinore Motel Pool

The death of Nicole Lambert Cruz, 26, is under investigation.

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A woman was found dead in the swimming pool on Thanksgiving.

Nicole Lambert Cruz, 26, was found dead in the lodge’s pool yesterday, according to her mother, Donna Lambert.

The woman was living with her grandfather in Murrieta when she went missing November 19, Lambert said.

“She left for a walk and never came back,” Lambert said.

A Travel Inn associate who would not give her name said she could not discuss the matter and referred Patch to police.

At press time, Riverside County Sheriff's Department could only confirm that the woman was found dead in the pool and the cause of death is unknown pending an autopsy and toxicology report. The call to police came in yesterday at 11:55 a.m.

Travel Inn is located at 31610 Auto Center Dr.

The Lambert family was in the media spotlight prior to Thanksgiving.

Donna Lambert’s elderly father Don, who Nicole lived with, had been a fixture at Murrieta City Hall where he regularly advocated on behalf of medical marijuana patients. Don took up the cause after his daughter Donna was arrested in 2009 for marijuana possession in San Diego County.

Her case garnered significant media attention. She was accused of providing cannabis to an undercover police detective who posed as a medical marijuana patient. The sting was part of a larger investigation dubbed Operation Green Rx led by San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.

In 2010, however, felony charges against Donna Lambert were dismissed.

Andria November 28, 2011 at 04:35 PM
Alexis, I am so sorry for your loss. This is so tragic! Your family is in my prayers. Andria
Paul November 29, 2011 at 07:50 AM
Replying to Kelly. The autopsy was scheduled for Today, Monday 11-28-2011. I think they routinely do an autopsy even if gun shots, stab wounds, and other truma are evident. There is a steel fence around the pool. The delay is because they work Monday to Friday. The investigators are countinuing to look for evidence. It is known they have talked with family members, motel employees, some homeless people nearby, and checking video security cameras.
Justin Hanover December 02, 2011 at 02:00 AM
To the family of Nicole I'm sorry for your loss. I hope you find out who has committed this heinous crime. May you get justice asap and your family is able to remember Nicole for who she was without the media or law invading your life. It oblivious your family loved her and to have to defend yourselves in this comment thread is just plain crazy. Love and peace and inner strength I wish for your family.
Maria Elisa Mahecha December 02, 2011 at 06:14 PM
Federal law does not always supercede "local" law. In most cases, State law is applicable. It is also arguable that in the case of Medical Cannabis, the Federal government has exceeded the powers granted to it by the Constitution. The power to regulate the practice of medicine resides with the States, not the Federal government. If you read the Constitution, which I am guessing you haven't, it is quite clear that MOST powers have been given to the States and NOT the Federal Government. Non-attorneys, such as yourself, should really stay clear of making inaccurate statements regarding the law because it leads to widespread misinformation. Leave the practice of law to those of us who are qualified. And seriously, learn how to spell.
Don Lambert December 03, 2011 at 09:52 AM
Nicole's family expresses our thanks for the kind words and prayers on our behalf. The memorial service is being held in San Diego where my granddaughter Nicole has lived for years prior to moving in with me in Murrieta about two months ago. Nicole's mother is Donna. Donna's sister has come from out of state to comfort and encourage her, Nicole's younger sister has come from out of state to express her love for Nicole and be with her mother. I intend to move some pictures of Nicole from her childhood and youth from the family and friends section of my Facebook into an album that will be open to everyone. Donna, a simgle parent, has been through a lot this past week dealing with all this and grieving, plus making arranging about Nicole and planning the Memorial Service, plus many hours hunting for clues that might help the investigators. Your continued prayers are appreciated.

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