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Body of woman found dumped on Bear Valley Road Identified, suspect arrested

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — A Victorville man was arrested for murder after the body of a woman was found dumped in the roadway.

On Thursday, December 8, 2022, deputies from the Victorville Station responded to a call regarding a person down near Bear Valley Road and Amethyst Road. 

When deputies arrived, they located a female, later identified as 25-year-old Joanna Thompson, a resident of Victorville, laying in the street.  Thompson was unresponsive, did not have a pulse, and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

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Sheriff’s officials said the coroner arrived and discovered Thompson suffered from a gunshot wound. The Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail responded and assumed the investigation which lasted nearly 16 hours.

Through investigation, detectives determined Thompson was placed there by a person identified as Gregory Waters. Waters was arrested and booked in at the High Desert Detention Center where he remains without bail.

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Sheriff’s officials did not release information on how Thompson ended up in the roadway, where the shooting occurred, or a possible motive.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Homicide Detail at 909-890-4904.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous should call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or go to

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