Oxnard Police Department

Cold Case Homicide Investigations

Our mission is to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. To exploit the elements of time, technology, and advanced investigative techniques to investigate unsolved homicides. Our ultimate goal, and our greatest hope, is to obtain justice for the victims and their families.

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Our Cold Case Investigators Need Your Help!!

If you believe that you have information that might help solve one of these cases, then please contact us. We need to pool our resources as a community and be the voices of the victims. Law Enforcement cannot do this alone. There is NOTHING that is too minor or insignificant to share.

The City of Oxnard offers a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect(s) in homicide cases.

Please contact Detective Jeff Kay at (805) 385-8174 or at coldcase@oxnardpd.org with any information. You may remain anonymous and still provide valuable information by calling Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. You can visit www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org to submit a tip via text or email.

OPD Case 81-20528 - The murder of Lisa Gondek

In December 1981, 21 year old Lisa Gondek's body was discovered by firefighters who had responded to a fire at an apartment in the 1200 block of West Gonzales Road. Gondek had recently relocated to Oxnard from Connecticut. She worked in Oxnard and had many friends. Gondek's family maintains close contact with detectives and they hope one day that her murder will be solved.

If you have any information regarding Lisa Gondek's murder, no matter how small, please contact Oxnard Police.

OPD 12-17087- The murder of Ira Joseph McLaughlin

In August 2012, 35 year old Ira Joseph McLaughlin, was found on South "J" St. North of Hemlock St. The witness saw four individuals get out of a car and began to fight with McLaughlin. One of the four individuals fired one round on McLaughlin's upper body. McLaughlin died. McLaughlin was loved by friends and family.


If you have any information regarding McLaughlin's murder, no matter how small, please contact Oxnard Police

OPD Case 10-18542 - The murder of Rudy Rivas

On August 29, 2010 Rudy was murdered in broad daylight. He, along with two people, decided to go to Mr. Kwik's Liquor store to make a purchase. Once there Rudy was the only person to exit the car and go in the store. A car with a female driver and three males drove up. The males exited their car dragged Rudys friend out of the car and began to beat him. When Rudy saw what was happening he came out of the store to help his friend. One of the suspects then pulled out a gun and shot Rudy.

Rudy was born in Ventura and raised in Oxnard. He was the youngest of four children, and the only boy. Rudy brought so much happiness to his family. Rudy was good with his hands. His passion was fixing up cars. At times he had several old cars waiting to be restored. He had a big part in the raising of his nieces and nephews. He wasn't selfish and was often described as a humble person by his friends. Rudy's long term plans were to open up a body shop and employee his friends.

If you have any information regarding Rudy Rivas' murder, no matter how small, please contact Oxnard Police.


OPD Case 06-6785 - The murder of Carlos Prado

In March 2006, 19 year old Carlos Andres Prado was found murdered on the sidewalk of the 3400 block of Jackson Street. There were two bicycles found in the roadway a few feet from Prado's body. Carlos was born in Bogota, Colombia. He later moved to California with his family. Carlos was a resident of Ventura County for more than 17 years. He attended Richard Bard Elementary School, E.O. Green Junior High School and Hueneme High School. Carlos was beloved by his family and friends.


If you have any information regarding Carlos's murder, no matter how small, please contact Oxnard Police

OPD Case 03-27646 - The Murder of Froylan Martinez

In October 2003, 16 year old Froylan Martinez was shot and killed while attending a friend’s birthday party in the 1200 block of Felicia Court. He had just returned to the party after purchasing sodas and chips for the guests. Martinez had no criminal history and was not a gang member. A vehicle approached the party-goers. Several suspects exited the vehicle. One of the suspects drew a handgun from his pocket and pointed it at the party-goers. The party-goers fled as the suspect fired the handgun. Martinez fell to the ground and died.


If you have any information regarding Froylan's murder, no matter how small, please contact Oxnard Police

OPD Case 03-5673 - The murder of Jesse Cardenas

On March 2, 2003, Oxnard officers responded to a call of shots fired in the 600 block of East Second Street. Upon their arrival, officers located the body of Jesse Cardenas. Witnesses heard yelling while the shots were being fired. The suspect(s) fled in a vehicle.


If you have any information regarding Jesse's murder, no matter how small, please contact Oxnard Police


OPD Case 02-29403 - The murder of Steven Miinster

In November 2002, 15 year old Steven Miinster, a developmentally disabled teen, was shot and killed within feet of the front door to his residence. Miinster was found in the gutter by his home in the 200 block of Bryce Canyon Avenue. A preliminary investigation revealed that Miinster was inside of his home shortly before his murder. He reportedly received a telephone call from an unknown female that asked him to meet her outside. Miinster left his home and walked a few feet around the corner where he was shot. Miinster was not associated with any gangs and had attended Hueneme High School.

If you have any information regarding Rudy Rivas' murder, no matter how small, please contact Oxnard Police.


OPD 88-8342 - The murder of Hector Ampuero

In March 1988, 44 year old Hector Ampuero's body was found inside a vehicle, located in the 2500 block of Ventura Boulevard. Prior to his death, Hector had been seen inside a nearby bar playing pool. Hector was an upstanding citizen with only a minor criminal record.


If you have any information regarding Hector's murder, no matter how small, please contact Oxnard Police

OPD Case 85-5783 - The murder of William Lucas

In April 1985, Officers responded to a stabbing victim in the 100 block of Amelia Court. Officers located the victim, 77 year old William Milton Lucas deceased inside his residence. Lucas had a prosthetic leg and other medical issues.


If you have any information regarding William's murder, no matter how small, please contact Oxnard Police

OPD Case 84-6130 - The murder of Jose Luis Valenzuela

In April 1984, 20 year old Jose Luis Valenzuela was found by a railroad conductor by the railroad tracks in the 200 block of East Fifth Street. Valenzuela had been beaten to death. Information showed that Valenzuela was transiting through Oxnard via the trains and was headed to Central California.


If you have any information regarding Jose's murder, no matter how small, please contact Oxnard Police

OPD Case 84-19404 - The murder of Jose Zapien Gonzales

In March 1984, 32 year old Jose Zapien Gonzales' body was found near the area of Pleasant Valley Road and Wolfe Road by deputies from the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. Detectives determined that Gonzales had been at a local Oxnard bar just prior to this death, and that he may have been involved in a fist fight prior to his death.


If you have any information regarding Jose's murder, no matter how small, please contact Oxnard Police

OPD 71-16184 - The murder of Richard Candelaria


In December 1971, 32 year old Richard Candelaria was shot in the area of Mama Cecil's Drive-In, located at Cooper Road and Grant Avenue. While in the parking lot of the drive-in, Candelaria became involved in a dispute with another male. A third male fired shots, striking Candelaria, ultimately killing him.


If you have any information regarding Richard's murder, no matter how small, please contact Oxnard Police

OPD 66-10128 - The murder of Miguel Rodriguez

In November 1966, 42 year old Miguel Rodriguez, a local business owner, was shot and killed in the 700 block of South Oxnard Boulevard. Rodriguez and his employee had closed up his business for the night and were walking to his car when they was confronted by two individuals. One of the individuals pointed a handgun at Rodriguez and demanded money. Rodriguez claimed he had no money. The witness fled the scene, but heard two gunshots. Rodriguez was found by passersby lying on the ground suffering from gunshot wounds.


If you have any information regarding Miguel's murder, no matter how small, please contact Oxnard Police