Homicide Arrest Made from a 1980 Cold Case

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Fontana Police Department
Chief William Green
Service with Integrity

Press Release

Homicide Arrest Made from a 1980 Cold Case 

 

What:             

Press Conference Regarding a Homicide Arrest made on a Cold Case from 1980

 

When:            

Monday, September 14, 2020 at 11:00

 

Where:                       

Fontana Police Department

17005 Upland Ave.,

Fontana, CA., 92336

 

Who:              

Chief Billy Green

Detective Katie Clark

 

Summary:

In 1980 an 18 year old female, was found murdered in the City of Fontana.  Responding officers located the Victim deceased.

 

An autopsy was performed after her body was discovered.  During the autopsy, forensic evidence was collected but was unable to be processed due to the lack of technology at the time. Detectives exhausted all investigative leads in 1980 and the case went cold. 

 

In 2020, items of evidence that were previously collected during the autopsy were sent to the Riverside/San Bernardino CAL-DNA Laboratory for processing.  DNA was located and was identified as an unknown single male contributor. 

 

Investigators conducted follow-up interviews with family members which lead to a person of interest in the investigation. In June of 2020, Investigators collected DNA from the person of interest.  These items were sent to the Riverside/ San Bernardino CAL-DNA Laboratory to be directly compared to the DNA collected at the autopsy.  The results of the comparison revealed the DNA collected from the Victim were a match to the person of interest's DNA. 

 

Investigators obtained a warrant for the arrest, and was recently taken into custody. He is currently awaiting extradition to San Bernardino County, California. 

 

Contact:

For further information, please contact PIO Jennie Venzor at (909) 350-7759 or jvenzor@fontana.org    



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