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Pinyon Pines, California
Country United States
State California
County Riverside
Time zone PST
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ZIP code
Area code(s) 760

Pinyon Pines is an unincorporated community in Riverside County, California.


It is located in a small valley between the San Jacinto Mountains and Santa Rosa Mountains, north of State Route 74. It takes its name from the Pinyon pine (Pinus monophylla) trees native to the area. Elevation approximately 4000 ft.


Pinyon Pines is notable for a 2006 triple homicide that made national attention. Residents 53-year-old Vicki Friedli and her 55-year-old boyfriend, Jon Hayward, were found shot, and Friedl's 18-year-old daughter, Becky, was found outside in a wheelbarrow, burned so badly investigators were unable to determine cause of death. Two men were indicted in March 2014, but the charges were later dismissed. The crime is among the most notorious murders in the Coachella Valley. The two men have since been arrested again

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