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Police Make Arrest in 1974 Homicide Case, Seek Assistance Identifying Victim

1974 homicide 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.

Homicide Case Unsolved For 40 Years, Solved Through DNA Evidence

dna solves homicide case 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.

New DNA Technology and NIJ Grant Help LBPD Solve 1989 Murder of Wilson High Student

attempt homicide 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.

Suspect Arrested and Extradited for Three Cold Case Murders

gang suspects arrested 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.

Federal funding will support LBPD’s cold case unit through 2011

long beach police interim chief 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.

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