Cougar Crest Trail

Big Bear Lake Sheriff’s Search Discovers

Bodies of Two Missing People  


Big Bear Lake, CA___ February 4, 2020  

San Bernardino County Sheriff - Big Bear Deputies released information of a suspicious death investigation of two adults, that had been reported missing in the Big Bear Lake area, a community in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Sheriff Deputies learned that Ria Gabriella Williams, 27 years old, a resident of Santa Ana and Paul Arthur Stockwell, Jr., 29 years old, a resident of Big Bear City, had last been seen in the Big Bear Lake area, on Wednesday, January 29th.  Williams did not report to work, Friday, January 31st and a co-worker reported her missing. Also, Ria William's boyfriend, Paul Stockwell had been reported missing by his father. Neither missing person reports indicated any suspicious circumstances or reason to suspect foul play.   

While on an early morning search - Monday, February 3, 2020 at 2:18 A.M., the Sheriff Deputies located a vehicle that belonged to the missing person, Ria Williams, in the parking area near the Cougar Crest Trail and the community of Fawnskin.    

San Bernardino County Sheriff - Big Bear Deputies, requested from Deputy Ryan Girard and K-9 Dare to search the Cougar Crest Trail and surrounding area.    

Monday afternoon at about 1:30 P.M, a man and woman were found deceased, approximately one-half mile into the San Bernardino Forest. Due to the circumstances, San Bernardino County Sheriff Specialized Detectives- Homicide Detail were requested to conduct the investigation. Homicide Detectives are conducting a death investigation. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death for each victim.                      

      The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information, or anyone who witnessed the incident, is asked to contact Detective Nick Craig, Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail at 909-387-3589  

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JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department