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Posts Tagged ‘San Bernardino Cold Cases

LoJack Releases Auto Theft Recovery Report

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February 18th – Lojack released its first Auto Theft Recovery Report which showed the results from 2009 LoJack recoveries.

Some statistics from the report:

Top Makes and Models Stolen and Recovered:

  1. Honda Civic
  2. Honda Accord
  3. Toyota Camry
  4. Acura Integra
  5. Cadillac Escalade
  6. Toyota Corolla
  7. Chevrolet Tahoe
  8. Nissan Altima
  9. Chevrolet Silverado
  10. Ford F-250 series

States with the Most Stolen and Recovered Vehicles:

  1. California
  2. Texas
  3. Florida
  4. New York
  5. Massachusetts
  6. New Jersey
  7. Arizona
  8. Maryland
  9. Nevada
  10. Georgia

According to a Daily Bulletin article, San Bernardino County ranked 5th in the nation for having the most vehicles stolen in 2009.  Riverside County was 7th, while Los Angeles County was ranked 1st.


Written by riversideliving

February 28, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Local High Profile and Cold Case Links

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Here are some links to high profile or cold cases for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties:

Riverside County Sheriff High Profile Cases

San Bernardino County Cold Cases (sbsun.com)

San Bernardino County Police Cold Murder Cases

It really is heartbreaking to see that many unsolved murders and to think of the families who have been left with no answers.

Written by riversideliving

February 20, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Cold Cases: It’s Always The DNA That Gets You

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Jannette Ortiz of Riverside was arrested today, by Riverside County cold case investigators, for an eight year old murder.  In 2002, her cousin Fernando Martinez was shot and murdered and found in Woodcrest orange groves.  Ortiz had been suspected of participating in the murder, along with her then boyfriend Edwin Gonzales, but there had never been the evidence to prove it.  Grant funded DNA testing by a private lab in Texas made the connection for the cold case team.   The Sheriff’s Department received a $500,000 grant that will cover DNA testing costs for cold case investigations.  This is the first case solved as a result of the DNA testing grant.

Riverside County Cold Case Facts:

  • As of a November 2009 Pe.com story, the the Cold Case Unit had reviewed 669 cases, 220 of which were identified as cold cases.
  • 73 have DNA evidence that could be submitted for testing, Brown said. The oldest case so far with DNA evidence dates to 1973.
  • Since 2007, the Cold Case Unit has been poring over the almost 2,000 homicide cases the department handled from 1928 to 2000.

San Bernardino County has their own Cold Case unit and has recently produced their 2nd edition of “Cold Case Playing Cards”. The cards are sold in jails and are hoped to generate interest and conversation about unsolved cases.  Actually, one of the cases – from the 4 of spades card, was solved as a result.  See the link above for the article on the cards and an example.

Written by riversideliving

February 20, 2010 at 9:38 pm