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Cold Case Investigations

The SCPD Cold Case Unit is composed of a single investigator who specializes in investigating old, unsolved homicides. A case has gone "cold" when investigators determine that all potential leads have "dried up". The Cold Case Detective explores how new technology and new informational resources might impact a dormant investigation.

A cold case can be reopened if a relevant inquiry identifies new suspects or strengthens the case against known subjects.  Cold cases are sometimes reopened in incidents of parole reviews or additional witnesses coming forward. The Cold Case Detective analyze all elements from crime scenes to develop theories concerning how and why certain crimes were committed.  Recent advancements in DNA technology and other forensic techniques have enabled law enforcement agencies to reopen and solve many cold cases.

While the voices of homicide victims may remain silent, the Cold Case Detective serves as an advocate for victims. The Cold Case Unit's underlining mission is to persevere with a diligent and competent investigation and bring peace to the family and friends of those that were tragically killed.  The Cold Case detective works closely with the District Attorney's Office who have same mission objectives.

The Santa Cruz Police Department recognizes the importance of solving cold cases and bringing those accountable for those crimes to justice. We encourage anyone that may have any information about an unsolved homicide to contact our department as soon as possible.

Citizen Assistance - You may have knowledge about one of these crimes that can help us solve the case. If anyone has any information please contact the Santa Cruz Police Department’s Cold Case Investigator at (831) 420-5895.

Here are a few cold cases that the Cold Case Detective is currently working on.


 

Unsolved Homicide - Case 94S-37513 Newly added to page

 

Victim:                 Kori Joanne Lamaster, 17 years of age

kori

Date:                    01/29/1994

Location:             Pogonip Park

 

On January 29, 1994 at approximately 1:54 PM the Santa Cruz Police Department responded to a remote area of Pogonip Park where a badly decomposed body of a female had been located by hikers.

For nearly 20 years this unknown young female victim was not identified. This case was dubbed “Pogonip Jane”.

In December of 2013 the identification was finally confirmed. Our victim was identified as Kori Joanne Lamaster. Kori was 17 years old at the time of her death.

Unfortunately, the story did not end with her identification. The Santa Cruz Police Department still has a cold homicide case.

If you have information about this case, please call Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations at (831) 420-5820 or the Santa Cruz Police Department tip line at (831) 420-5995.  

 

Unsolved Homicide - Case #10S-03162

 Victim:                 Carl Reimer, 19 years of age

Reimer Carl 

Date:                  04/24/2010

Location:            90 Block of Grandview Street

On April 24, 2010 at approximately 12:02AM, Officers of the Santa Cruz Police Department were dispatched to the area of 90 Grandview for the report of a shooting.  Officers arriving on scene were directed to the 19 year-old male victim, Carl Reimer, who had been shot. The victim was treated at the scene by emergency medical personnel and then transported to an out-of-county trauma center. At approximately 6:45 AM the victim succumbed to his injuries.

It was determined that the victim was confronted by the suspect while walking with a friend through a common area/park in the 90 Block of Grandview Street. There was a brief conversation between the suspect and the victim after which the suspect began firing a firearm at the victim. The suspect was last seen fleeing east on Grandview Street toward Mission St.

If you have information about this case, please call Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations at (831) 420-5820 or the Santa Cruz Police Department Tip Line at (831) 420-5995

 

Unsolved Homicide - Case #03S-06118

 Victim:                 Derek Kyle Snell, 20 years of age

Snell Derek Kyle

 

Date:                  May 30, 2003 at approximately 2100 hours

Location:             300 block of Raymond Street

On 05/30/2003 at approximately 2100 hours Santa Cruz Police responded to a report of a victim of a battery. On scene Santa Cruz Police found Derek Snell unresponsive and suffering from multiple stab wounds. Snell later died from his injuries. It is believed Snell was stabbed by multiple individuals who were attending a party near the beach on Memorial Day Weekend.

The California Governor’s Reward program is offering a $50,000 reward in this case.

If you have information about this case, please call Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations at (831) 420-5820 or the Santa Cruz Police Department tip line at (831) 420-5995.

 

Unsolved Homicide - CASE: 84-F19766

Victim:                Carol Ann Panzica, 39 years of age.

Date:                  August 12, 1984

Location:             Beachfront Hotel, Santa Cruz, CA

The victim had checked into a beachfront hotel with her two sons, ages of eleven and thirteen years at the time. The boys went to the beach to play while the victim stayed behind to bathe. The two boys returned to the room and found their mother, the victim, face down in the tub of water.

The Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Pathologist examined the victim and noticed bruises. These bruises where found to be inconsistent with an accidental death. Therefore this case was up-graded to a homicide.

If you have information about this case, please call Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations at (831) 420-5820 or the Tip Line at (831) 420-5995.  

 

UNSOLVED HOMICIDE - Case: 75-186030

Victim:                 Deborah Jean Cargill, 19 years of age.  

Date:                   December 22, 1975

Location:             San Lorenzo River near the train trestle

The victim, Deborah Jean Cargill, lived in Campbell, CA. She was 19 years old at the time she was kidnapped and killed.  On 12/21/1975 at approximately 4:30PM just as she was parking her vehicle in the parking lot of the Albertsons grocery store, located at Hwy 9 and Bollinger in the City of San Jose, (where she worked) she was contacted and led away by an unknown male suspect.  San Jose Police Department kidnapping case number is 75-252569.

Her body was found on 12/22/1975 in the San Lorenzo River near the train trestle and the beach within the City of Santa Cruz, CA. 

If you have information about this case, please call Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations at (831) 420-5820 or the Santa Cruz Police Department Tip Line at (831) 420-5995

 

UNSOLVED HOMICIDE- Case: 13S-01203

 Victim:             Pauly Reyes Silva, 32 years old.

Silva Pauly Reyes

Date:               February 9, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Location:         200 Block of Locust Street

On February 9, 2013 at approximately 12:30 AM, the Santa Cruz Police Department responded to a shooting in the 200 Block of Locust Street.  Officers arrived to find a 32 year old male victim deceased from multiple gunshot wounds.  The victim was identified as Pauly Reyes Silva, a Santa Cruz resident.  Based on the time and location of this incident, we believe there are more witnesses who have not come forward or been identified

If you have information about this case, please call Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations at (831) 420-5820 or the Santa Cruz Police Department Tip Line at (831) 420-5995

 

Unsolved Homicide - Case: 05S-09129

 

Victim:             Daniel Alfredo Marquez, 27 years of age.

 Marquez Daniel

Date:               August 21, 2005

Location:         100 Block of Sycamore Street

On the evening of August 21, 2005 at approximately 11:05PM a male and female were shot by an unknown gunman while they were seated in a vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment complex located in the 100 Block of Sycamore St.

The male victim, Daniel Marquez, was shot multiple times. He died from the gunshot wounds while in surgery.  The female victim was treated and recovered for a single gunshot wound to her shoulder.

If you have information about this case, please call Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations at (831) 420-5820 or the Santa Cruz Police Department Tip Line at (831) 420-5995

 

Unsolved Homicide - Case: 88-01054

Victim:             Michael Bebek, 44 years of age.

Date:               January 11, 1988

Location:         1000 Block of King St., Santa Cruz, CA.

On January 11, 1988 at 5:38 PM Santa Cruz Police Officers responded to the call of a deceased male at a resident in the 1000 block of King Street. Subsequent investigation by both the Santa Cruz Police Department and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff Coroner’s Office showed that the deceased male was the victim of a homicide.

The victim, who had been identified as Michael Dennis Bebek, had not been seen for several days. A neighbor who had become concerned with Mr. Bebek’s welfare entered Bebek’s home and found him lying on his bed deceased.      

If you have information about this case, please call Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations at (831) 420-5820 or the Santa Cruz Police Department Tip Line at (831) 420-5995.

 

Solved Homicide - Case: 09S-09145

Wanted Outstanding Suspects for Murder

Victim:             Tyler Tenorio, 17 years of age.

Tenorio Tyler

Date:               October 16, 2009

 Location:         Laurel St. @ Chestnut St.

On October 16, 2009 at approximately 10:00PM the Santa Cruz Police Department was dispatched to the corner of Laurel St. and Chestnut St. for a reported stabbing. Arriving Officers located the victim who had multiple stab wounds. Once emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and after attempting to render aid to the victim he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Subsequent investigation revealed that a brief fight had occurred between two groups of male subjects. Once the fight and crowd had dispersed, the victim laid on the ground with multiple stab wounds. SCPD Investigators also determined through witness statements that five subjects had been seen kicking and stabbing the victim as he lay on the ground.

Of the five suspects’ three have been arrested.

The two below listed suspects are still outstanding in the homicide of Tyler Tenorio.

If you have information about this case, please call Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations at (831) 420-5820 or the Santa Cruz Police Department Tip Line at (831) 420-5995

Please see information listed below:

WANTED FOR HOMICIDE

 

Name:  Ivan Ramirez Tapia

Tapia Ivan Ramirez

Wanted for:  Wanted for 187 PC-murder with 186.22 PC-gang enhancement

DOB: 09/18/1986

Description:  5’08”, 180, black hair and brown eyes 

Gang affiliation: Sureno / Brown Pride Santa Cruz  

Santa Cruz PD case # 09S-09145

Warrant# F19139 County of Santa Cruz

Bail: $1,000,000.00

 

Name:  Paulo Luna

Luna Paulo

Wanted for:  Wanted for 187 PC-murder with 186.22 PC-gang enhancement

DOB: 06/22/1986

Description:  5’09”, 150, brown hair and brown eyes

Gang Affiliation: Sureno / Brown Pride Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Case Number 09S-09145

Warrant# F19137 County of Santa Cruz

Bail: $1,000,000.00