Man Arrested in Connection With Moreno Valley Murder

An East Hemet man was in custody Saturday for the alleged murder of a man whose body was found in Moreno Valley Friday, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Scott Duncan, 37, of unincorporated East Hemet, was arrested for suspicion of murder and was booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside, where he was being held in lieu of $1 million bail, Sgt. Wallace Clear of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said.

Sheriff's deputies arrived at 12:29 p.m. Friday to the 28900 block of Spruce Avenue, just off the 60 Freeway in Moreno Valley, after receiving reports of a man's body found on residential property in the area. The property owner told deputies that the victim, identified by coroners today as John Daughenbaugh, 54, of Moreno Valley, lived in California on a seasonal basis and rented living space on the Spruce Avenue property.

The ensuing investigation revealed that Duncan and Daughenbaugh "had an estranged relationship," said Clear, which led police to issue an all-points
bulletin for Duncan's vehicle.

Riverside police officers located a vehicle matching the description at about 11:30 p.m. Friday and followed it to the area near Mt. Vernon Avenue and Center Street in Highgrove, said Lt. Dan Hoxmeier of the Riverside Police Department.

Duncan was arrested by Riverside police and turned over to the sheriff's department, Hoxmeier said.

Police asked anyone with information to contact Investigator Bishop of the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777 or Investigator Tometich at the sheriff department's Moreno Valley Station at 951-486-6700.

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