DNA Match Identifies Suspect in 2002 Murder Investigation

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On April 13, 2016, Homicide Detective’s presented a case for filing to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for a murder that occurred in 2002.

On Tuesday, June 11, 2002, just after midnight officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Molino Avenue regarding a male adult found dead inside an apartment. When officers arrived they found a victim deceased that had sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his torso.

Evidence collected from the crime scene was preserved and with the advances in DNA technologies, a DNA profile was produced. Detectives were able to submit this DNA profile through a national database and received a match.

The match came to a suspect already serving a Federal Prison Sentence for an unrelated charge. The suspect has been identified as Eric Scanlan, 43 year-old former resident of Long Beach. Scanlan was charged with 1 count of murder and his bail has been set at $3,000,000.00.

Scanlan is scheduled to be released from Federal Prison on November 16, 2016, and will then be extradited to Long Beach, California.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to call Homicide Detective Todd Johnson or Malcolm Evans at (562) 570-7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit http://www.lacrimestoppers.org//.

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