Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Offer Reward in Long Beach Murder Case

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Victim Leam Sovanasy

Victim Leam Sovanasy

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, at the recommendation of Supervisor Don Knabe, issued a $10,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the 2009 murder of 76-year-old Leam Sovanasy of Long Beach.

Additionally, another witness has come forward with information identifying a second possible suspect seen with the first person of interest in a vehicle described as a 4-door white Chevrolet Caprice Classic, in the area of the murder on or around the day it occurred. The suspects have been described as follows:

Composite sketch of Person of Interest #1 seen driving a car similar to one sought.

Composite sketch of individual seen driving a car similar to one sought.

Person of Interest #1: male Black in his mid 20’s, 5’9” to 5’11” tall, with black hair and brown eyes, and with a medium to thick build

Composite Sketch of Person of Interest #2

Composite Sketch of Person of Interest #2

Person of Interest #2: male Black in his 20’s, 5’7” to 5’9” tall, black hair and brown eyes, and with a medium build

On Saturday, January 31, 2009, at approximately 11:05 a.m., Leam Sovanasy was discovered by family members inside her home. When officers arrived on scene, they found the elderly woman had sustained multiple stab wounds to the upper torso and was pronounced deceased at the scene. A motive for the murder remains unknown.

Victim Sovanasy was the mother of seven children, grandmother of 20, and great-grandmother of six. The avid Los Angeles Lakers fan was a Cambodian immigrant who survived the Khmer Rouge regime, only to be violently murdered in her Long Beach home.

Detectives have been actively working this case since it occurred in January of 2009, and are hopeful the composite sketches, and the newly established reward, will lead to the identity of these individuals.

Anyone with any information relating to this murder, on the identities of either of the individuals depicted in the sketches, or has seen or knows of a vehicle matching the description provided, may come forward by contacting Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Teryl Hubert or Detective Mark Bigel at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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