Posts tagged ‘Hollywood’

Freddy Murguia Missing In California (Cold Case)

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Freddy Murguia was last seen in Los Angeles, CA on July 24, 1986 and has not had any contact with friends of family since. At the time of his disappearance he had a felony warrant out for his arrest, which led many to believe he voluntarily walked off, but as time went on people became more concerned.

Freddy grew up in Hollywood and was currently living in West Hollywood, in the area of Santa Monica Boulevard and Genesee Street. He, along with his sister and her husband ran a moving business at the time. He regularly attended the popular nightclubs in LA and was well known in the area. In 1986, the same year he went missing, he had a small juice stand-off of Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, just below Melrose on Martel. Many people would see him driving his motorcycle around town, his favorite form of transportation at the time.

He was last seen carrying his wallet, ID, credit-cards, house/truck/car keys, and a comb. He may have also been carrying chapstick, handkerchief and a belt. He always carried his pager on him.

Freddy disappeared along with another person named only as “Jose”. Very little is known about Jose aside from him driving a mid size, dark blue, four-door vehicle. The car has never been located. Jose is not listed as missing and has never been seen again according to Freddy’s family.

  • Last Seen In: Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California (USA)
  • Date Of Birth: 03/30/58
  • Date of Disappearance: 07/24/86
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 28 years old
  • Age as of 2013: 54 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5’5-5’8″; 130-140 lbs
  • Physical Characteristics: Hispanic male. Black, full hair; brown eyes. Clean cut, no facial hair at the time of disappearance. Well groomed. Thick eyebrows and dark eyelashes
  • Clothing: Possibly wearing khaki-colored or dark blue pants, a casual light blue or white, button down shirt, with a white t-shirt underneath. Sandals, tennis shoes or dress shoes
  • Jewelry: He may have been wearing a gold ring with a symbol of a pyramid, and a gold chain necklace, with a gold anchor and a rope around it. He also wore a watch. Dark sunglasses, possibly name brand
  • Other: Has silver fillings

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Age Progression photos by Martin Bailey in 2009 showing what Freddy Murguia may look like as a mid-aged adult. He will be turning 55 this year.

A MySpace page A Love Lost But Not Forgotten and a Facebook account, both private, is believed to have been created for Freddy by family/loved ones.

Contact Agency:
Los Angeles Police Department
Missing Persons Unit
(213) 485-5381 / 213-485-3225
Case Number: 86-0632325
NCIC # M-211636198

Please refer to this case number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source:
Charlie Project
The Doe Network
Myspace
Missing In California

 

The Kidnapping & Murder of Adam John Walsh

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Photo of Adam Walsh which was taken the same year of his abduction and murder

Adam Walsh was a 6-year-old boy from Hollywood, FL. On the afternoon of July 27, 1981 Adam joined his mother, Reve Walsh, on a trip to Hollywood Mall, which is right across the street from Hollywood Police Department.  The main reason for the trip was so Reve could stop by Sears Department Store to purchase a few items, including lamps.

Adam was your typical, friendly boy so when he saw a couple of children playing video games in the arcade section of the store he asked his mother if he could stay behind and watch. Figuring she would be less than 75 ft away in the lamp section, she said yes and left her son who was happy and amused with the video games, behind.

That was the last time she would see her son alive.

“I said, ‘I’m going right over here to the lamp department,’ and he said, ‘Okay, Mommy, I know where that is,'” Reve told Nightline in a 2011 interview.

Police records in Adam’s case released in 1996 show that a 17-year-old ‘security guard’ asked four boys to leave the department store. Adam is believed to have been one of them. It is unknown why they were asked to leave.

Reve noticed fairly quickly (about 5-10 minutes) that the lamp she wanted wasn’t in stock and headed back to the arcade. Adam was nowhere in sight. She wasn’t initially concerned, figuring Adam ran off with some kids she went out to search for him, asking local shoppers if they’ve seen him. After searching for over an hour, Reve began to panick and called police.

By the end of that week this case was National news, thousands of fliers with the smiling, brown-haired boy were published and posted all over cities and towns and eventually made their way out-of-state. But by then, it was too late.

 Two weeks (16 days) after Adam went missing his severed head was found in a drainage canal more than 120 miles away from home. The rest of his body has never been located.

From the beginning, the Walshes were disappointed with the Hollywood Police Department.

First, the Walshes say the cops didn’t take the missing persons case seriously enough. Then they say the police botched the murder investigation.

“It was one nighmare after another,” John Walsh said.

The prime suspect was Ottis Toole, an admitted serial killer who was in prison for many other crimes.

“You keep killing and killing and it gets easier and easier and it don’t really bother you,” Toole once told Texas law enforcement.

Toole made 24 documented confessions to killing Adam Walsh, including a 1984 videotaped interview with Texas Rangers. During the interview, he said, “I kind of feel bad about that Adam Walsh kid.”

“That is,” he said, “the youngest child I ever killed.”

Toole even had the gulls to write to the Walsh family, demanding $5,000 in exchange for telling them where the rest of their child’s remains were.

“I read that letter and went into the bathroom and threw up,” John Walsh would later tell Nightline in an interview. “I said, ‘This son of a bitch. We have to figure out a way for him to tell us what happened.”

In the decades that followed, Adam’s case remained open. Toole continued to recant his confessions about being the killer several times and for years he was never charged. Many people believed he was admitting guilt simply for the fame and to be remembered. They believed this because he never proved his guilt and wouldn’t tell police where the rest of Adam’s body was.

For years the case went unsolved and the Walsh family felt like they were the ones doing all the investigating. It became frustrating but they were not going to let their child’s name go down in vain.

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The Walsh Family – John Walsh in the middle, Reve Walsh (right) and daughter on the left

At the time there were no missing faces on milk cartons, no Amber Alert system in place to alert the public if a child goes missing, no National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, nothing. To a family who’s missing a child each minute feels like eternity and the Walsh’s were determined to change this.

They didn’t want other families to go through the tragedy they went threw and for the families who have gone threw unsolved tragedies. They were determined to catch as many predators and criminals as they possibly could.

Prior to his son’s murder, John Walsh was a partner in a hotel management company in Hollywood, Florida. After his son’s kidnapping and murder, he became a strong human and victims rights advocate, criminal investigator and the creator and host of America’s Most Wanted which has helped save thousands of missing people and solve crimes. Walsh is also a part owner of Museum of Crime & Punishment in Washington D.C.

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John Walsh (pictured) has been a strong human and victims right advocate for many years and continues to speak out and help other families of crimes

Reve Walsh rarely speaks out about her child’s murder. In 2011, she sat down with Nightline ABC to discuss a new book “Bringing Adam Home,” which tells the story of her son’s case and the tragedy they went threw.

“When all this was going on, I just thought to myself, I can’t wait till it’s 20 years or 25 years,” Reve said. “I don’t care about getting old, I just want this experience of my life to be that far away from me because I thought it would be different. It’s really not.” Reve told Nightline.

The Walsh family had dedicated their lives to helping other families find their missing relatives, children, etc. Over the years they’ve helped find thousands of missing people and criminals. They were not going to let their son’s horrific murder go in vain. But still, the frustrations grew each year Adam’s case continued to go unsolved.

“I cannot go to my grave not doing everything I can possibly do,” she said. “We are going to get a cold case detective, we are going to start from the beginning, and have this man work this case. I don’t care if you go to work just to pay the bill of this private investigator.’ And John said, ‘I know the guy.'”

That guy was Joe Mathews, a retired police detective who had briefly been involved in the Walsh case early on and was critical of how it was handled.

After combing through the case file, Mathews made a major discovery: a roll of film from the crime scene of Ottis Toole’s car — it was film that the original detectives never bothered to have developed. Pictures show bloody footprints on the driver’s side of Toole’s car. On the rear floorboard of the car — where Toole admitted to tossing Adam’s severed head — pictures show the bloody outline of a face.

“I have a blood transfer from Adam’s face onto the carpet — you can actually see his image. It’s as clear as the shroud of Turin, Veronica’s veil. It’s clear,” Mathews said.

He showed the picture to the Walshes.

“To me, it was the one thing that a mother knows, is that this is their child, that this picture is their child,” Reve Walsh said. “This is the piece of evidence that ties everything together for me and I can go to my grave knowing that not only that I did everything I could but that I found my answers in that photo.”

In December 2008, based on the evidence presented by Mathews — who is also one of the co-authors of “Bringing Adam Home,” — the new Hollywood Police Department Chief Chad Wagner officially closed the case, definitively naming Ottis Toole, who had since died in prison, as the man who killed Adam. Wagner apologized to the Walshes for mistakes that he said were made early in the investigation.

It’s been over 32 years since the kidnapping and murder of Adam John Walsh and his family never gave up on him and didn’t let his case go down in vain. America’s Most Wanted is still helping law enforcement solve thousands of crimes and they plan to continue for as long as they possibly can.

Click here to learn about the Adam Walsh Children’s Fund & The Adam Walsh Act

Source:
America’s Most Wanted
ABC News
Wikipedia
NCMEC

 

Endangered Runaways In California

GABRIELA PONCE.

Gabriela is now 17 and has been missing since May 27th, 2012 from Visalia, California ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION OR HAS POSSIBLY SPOTTED GABRIELA SHOULD CONTACT: Fresno Police Department  (California)  1-559-621-7000.

ASHLEY LUMAN.

Ashley is now 17 and has been missing since August 8th, 2011 from Chico, California ANYONE WHO MIGHT HAVE SEEN ASHLEY OR HAS INFOMATION SHOULD CONTACT – Chico Police Department  (California)  1-530-897-4915

JOSE SANCHEZ  

Jose is now 16 years of age an has been missing since July 16th, 2010 from EL Monte, CA. – Police believe he might still be in the California but hasen’t been seen since 2010 – ANYONE WHO MIGHT HAVE SPOTTED JOSE OR HAS ANY INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: El Monte Police Department (California) 1-626-580-2100.

RACHEL MALONE .

Rachel is now 18 years old. Has been missing since 10/28/2011 from Visalia, California. She may still be in the local area. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Visalia Police Department  (CA)  1-559-734-8116

IRENE GONZALEZ

Irene is 14 years of age and has been missing since 7/5/2011 from Chuls Vists, California – Irene may be in the company of a juvenile male, they might of traveled to Mexico. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Chula Vista Police Department  (CA)  1-619-691-5151

BRODIE MORRELL

Brodie is 15 years of age and has been missing since 01/17/2012 from Spring Valley, California.He may still be in the local area or he may travel to San Diego, California. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: San Diego Police Department  (CA)  1-619-531-2000.

AYELLAH MARSHALL

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Ayellah is now 25 years old. She has been missing since 2/1/2005 Hawthorne, California – She was last seen at a medical facility on February 1, 2005. She has a birthmark near her left eye. She also has a tattoo of a rose on her left thigh, a tattoo of the name “Sahri” on her right shoulder, a tattoo of the name “Jeffery” on her right thigh, and a tattoo of a black panther on her back. She may use the alias name ”Mia Hawkins” ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Hawthorne Police Department (CA) 1-310-675-4443.

MARTIN AGUIRRE

Martin is age 15 and has been missing since 10/18/2011 from Los Angles, California – ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Los Angeles Police Department (California) 1-877-275-5273.

LUIS MAYA-BARRERA .

 Luis is now 18 years of age an has been missing since 10/25/2011 from Los Angeles, California – He may still be in the local area or he may travel to Pamona, California. Luis has several tattoos. He has a scar on his right leg and left elbow. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Los Angeles Police Department(California) 1-877-275-5273

RENE ORTIZ

Rene is now 15 years old and has been missing since April of 2012 from Visalia, California – He may still be in the local area – ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Visalia Police Department (CA) 1-559-734-8116.

NERIAH-JEAN TONG-CASILLAS

Neriah is 17 years of age an has been missing since 11/16/2010 from Hollywood, California – Neriah-Jean is biracial; she is Hispanic and White. Neriah-Jean may way green-colored contacts and she may dye her hair. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Los Angeles Police Department (California) 1-877-275-5273.

DAVID CAMBRAY

David is 22 years old as of 2012. He went missing 5/21/2006 from Los Angeles, California. He may have traveled to Mexico. David has a tattoo on the back of his neck and on his right heel. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office (California) 1-323-890-5500.

MERCEDES PENA

Mercedes is now 16 years old an has been missing since 5/12/2012 from Woodlake, California – She may still be in the local area or she may travel to Los Angeles or Long Beach, California. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Woodlake Police Department (California) 1-559-564-3346.

RUTH FLORES

 Ruth is 16 years of age and has been missing since May of 2012 from San Diego, California – She is believed to be in the local area – ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: San Diego Police Department  (California)  1-619-531-2000.