Investigator William F. Carter, Jr.
Tour of Duty: 7 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Traffic Collision
Date of Incident: May 14, 1969
Weapon Used: N/A
Suspect Info: N/A
Investigator William Carter was employed with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for seven years. He was hired on January 4, 1962.
Investigator Carter was assigned to the Indio Station. His law enforcement career began with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and he did not work with any other law enforcement agency prior to his hiring. On May 14, 1969, Investigator Carter and Sergeant William Rutledge were traveling from Blythe to Indio after working during the morning hours in Blythe. Both men apparently fell asleep. The patrol unit they were traveling in smashed into the rear end of a truck and killed Sergeant Rutledge instantly. Investigator Carter died six days later on May 20, 1969. Investigator Carter was survived by his wife and three children.
Investigator Carter’s burial site is not known.