Palm Springs police identify woman found dead near CVWD pond, seek public’s help

(Palm Springs PD)

The Palm Springs Police Department is asking the public for help after a woman’s body was found near a Coachella Valley Water District pond last week.

Officials identified the victim as Winter Nichols, a 25-year-old from Riverside. Her body was found May 28 near the a replenishment pond in the Whitewater area.

Nichols was last seen in the area of the Spa Casino in downtown Palm Springs on the property’s surveillance cameras on May 26.

She was walking south on Calle Encilia south of Andreas. She was wearing a light-colored shirt, black and gray yoga pants, and didn’t have any shoes on. She was also carrying a huge teddy bear.

Her body was found about six miles from where she was last seen.

The Palm Springs Police Department asks anyone with information to call Detective Grissom at (760) 323-8145 or Crime Stoppers at (760) 341-7867 with anonymous tips.