Long Beach National Institute of Justice
Composite drawing of victim.
Long Beach Police made an arrest in a 39-year-old cold case and seek the public’s help in identifying the victim known as Jane Doe #40.
Through a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) “Solving Cold Cases with DNA” grant, Long Beach Police cold case investigators focused their attention on the backlog of unsolved homicides awaiting case review, evidence screening, and potential DNA analysis.
On Friday, January 21, 1972, officers from the Long Beach Police Department were dispatched to the 6600 block of Olive Avenue in response to a man who had just come home to find his wife stabbed to death. The case went unsolved until detectives were able to give it a second look, and advances in DNA technology allowed them to make a significant break in the case.
In 1989, Long Beach Police Department Homicide detectives began an investigation into the murder of a 15-year-old Wilson High School student who was found deceased in her residence. The case would go unsolved for 22 years until advances in DNA technology and a grant to help solve cold cases gave detectives the resources they needed to identify the suspect, who had since murdered another young female and attempted to murder a third.
A suspect has been arrested for the murder of a young couple in 2001, and for a third murder that occurred in 2002. Two of the victims were murdered in Long Beach, and one in South Gate.
On October 14, 2001, at about 6:30 a.m., officers from the Long Beach Police Department responded to the 6600 block of Rose Avenue in Long Beach, where 30-year-old Richard Murillo was found shot to death in an alley.
The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) received a $286,402 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The funding was awarded through the National Institute of Justice and will help LBPD continue the operation of its cold case unit through the use of DNA solicitation.