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 cold case homicides, please contact the Oxnard Police Department. The police department and the community can work together to solve many of these homicides 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 email information to coldcase@oxnardpd.org. You may also 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's murder is connected to the 1980 murder of Rachael Zendejas, in Camarillo. 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 the family hopes one day Lisa's murder will be solved. Lisa's mother recently told detectives that in the 37 years since her daughter's murder, the joys in her life are spoiled because Lisa is not here to be a part of their family. Lisa's family hopes to see her case solved and the responsible party brought to justice.

If you have any information regarding Lisa's murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 13-18092 - The murder of Javier Garcia Reyes

In September 2013, Javier "Pepe" Reyes was shot and killed in the area of Napoleon Avenue and Alexander Street. Reyes had just celebrated his 18th birthday earlier that evening with his family by going out to dinner. After dinner, he and a friend were walking on the street, when they were confronted by a group in individuals. A shooting occurred and Reyes was killed.

If you have any information regarding Javier's murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 12-17087 - The murder of Ira Joseph McLaughlin

In August 2012, 35-year old Ira Joseph McLaughlin was found on South "J" Street north of Hemlock Street. A witness saw four individuals get out of a car and began to fight with McLaughlin. One of the four individuals fired one shot, which struck McLaughlin's upper body killing him. McLaughlin was a Army veteran and was loved by friends and family.

If you have any information regarding Ira's murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

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 into the store. A car with a female driver and three males drove up. The males exited their car and pulled Rudys friend out of the car and began to assault 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 employ his friends.

If you have any information regarding Rudy Rivas' murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 10-02207 - The murder of Vicente Arzate

In January 2010, 16-year old Vicente Arzate’s body was found inside of a residence by officers responding to a call in the 700 block of Rialto Street. Vicente had suffered a fatal gunshot wound. While on scene, the officers discovered that two other victims had also been shot, but they were transported to the hospital. They survived their wounds. The three victims had been standing in front of the entryway at a house party when several gunshots were fired through the door. Vicente was a resident of Camarillo.

If you have any information regarding Vicente’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 09-01003 - The murder of Michael Carrillo

In January 2009, Oxnard police officers responded to a call of shots fired in the 400 block of Gloria Court. When they arrived, they discovered the body of 18 year old Michael Carrillo lying in a parking lot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

If you have any information regarding Michael's murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 08-29704 - The murder of Jovany Cahuantzi

In November 2008, 19-year old Jovany Cahuantzi heard whistling outside of his residence on Borrego Way so he went outside to see where the sound was coming from. Witnesses inside of the house heard several gunshots and rushed outside to find Cahuantzi suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.

Jovany Cahuantzi was nice and well-liked by family members and friends. He previously worked as a contractor for a satellite television company.

If you have any information regarding Jovany’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 08-17976 - The murder of David Ruelas

In July 2008, Oxnard Police Department officers responded to the 900 block of South "H" Street, where they found 29 year old David Ruelas lying in the roadway. Ruelas had been stabbed multiple times. Ruelas was transported to the hospital, where he died from his injuries. A second subject was also stabbed in this incident, but his wounds were not life threatening.

If you have any information regarding David's murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at(805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.



OPD Case 07-20227 - The murder of Christian Garcia

In August 2007, Oxnard Police Department officers responded to a call of a shooting victim in the 2000 block of Napoleon Avenue. Upon the officers arrival they located the victim, identified as 18 year old Christian Garcia of Oxnard. Garcia had suffered a gunshot wound. Garcia was transported to Saint Johns Regional Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.

Detectives were told that Garcia was standing alone in the front yard of his residence when he was shot.

Christian Garcia was the youngest of four children -and that's exactly how he lived his life, a child at heart. He was a huge fan of music, he loved to perform as DJ at friend's and family's get-togethers. Thoughtful and caring, he would do just about anything for anybody; no favor was too big or small. Christian was the father to 2 month old Kristle Garcia and his wedding date was set for September 12th, 2007.

If you have any information regarding Christian's murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at(805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 06-06785 - 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 and 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' murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 05-30199- The murder of Gerardo Gomez

In November 2005, 53-year old Gerardo Gomez, was inside the Sunrise Donut shop, in the 1200 block of S. Oxnard Blvd. He had just purchased his morning donut and coffee. Two masked gunmen entered the store and committed a robbery. Gomez tried to calm the situation. One of the robbers shot and killed Gomez.

Gerardo Gomez was a hard working, family man. He left behind a wonderful family that morns his death. The Gomez family maintains contact with investigating detectives and hopes to one day have closure on this case.

If you have any information regarding Gerardo’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.


OPD Case 05-27704 - The murder of Simon Aristigue

In October 2005, 30 year old resident Simon Aristegui was shot in the 700 block of West Robert Avenue. Nearby officers heard the gunshots and immediately responded to the area to investigate. The officers located Aristegui, who was conscious. Aristegui was transported to the hospital, where he later died as a result of his injuries. Witnesses reported that Arstegui was involved in a verbal argument with a known subject which took place in the S. alley of the 700 block of W. Robert Ave just prior to the shooting.

If you have any information regarding Simon's murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at(805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.


OPD Case 05-00002- The murder of Ronnie Perez

In January 2005, 45-year old Ronnie Perez was walking on the sidewalk of South “G” street with his wife. It was about a half hour after midnight and they were on their way to a neighbor’s house to tell them Happy New Year. While they were walking, a car approached the couple and shot Perez in the head. Perez died at the hospital.

If you have any information regarding Ronnie’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.


OPD Case 04-05991 - The murder of Fernando Mosqueda

In February 2004, 17-year old Fernando Mosqueda drove towards the intersection of San Marino St. and E Guava St. Near this area, he parked his car and got out to talk to some of his friends. A little while later, a car with three girls pulled up and after they parked, Mosqueda and one of his friends got in the backseat to talk with them. While they were talking, a car pulled up and the males inside asked Mosqueda and his friends where they were from. Upon receiving an answer, the males opened fire on the girls’ car and Mosqueda was shot and killed. The girls drove Mosqueda to the hospital, but he had already died.

Mosqueda went to Channel Islands High School and was born in Ventura.

If you have any information regarding Fernando’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 04-02582 - The murder of Joshua Chavez

In January 2004, 20-year old Joshua Chavez and his younger brother Jacob were on their way home from a friend’s house. Jacob was walking behind Joshua, who was riding a bicycle. As they approached the intersection of F Street and Roderick Avenue, a vehicle with tinted windows pulled up to Joshua. The driver spoke to Joshua and shot at him. Jacob saw Joshua attempt to evade the gunman as he heard several more gunshots being fired. The car drove off. Joshua passed away in his brother’s arms.

If you have any information regarding Joshua’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 04-04017 - The murder of Oscar Cortez

In February 2004, officers responded to a call a residence on North M Street regarding a male that had been shot. Detectives learned that the victim, Oscar Cortez had been shot in the head. Information was received regarding the victim being in the company of a male named, "Peachy" at the time he was shot. Police have been unable to contact Peachy to get a statement about what happened while he and Oscar were in the room together, but heard that there may have been other people in the back room with them.

If you have any information regarding Oscar’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.


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. A vehicle approached the party-goers and 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. Martinez had no criminal history and was not a gang member.

If you have any information regarding Froylan's murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 04-15154 - The murder of Jose Rivera

On May 22, 2004, officers responded to the 200 block of East Fifth Street and found 27-year old Jose Rivera lying face down on the sidewalk. He had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene. His shirt had been torn open and a set of keys sat near his body. People at Jose’s home revealed to officers that Jose had left to get something to eat, and that he intended to return home directly after.

If you have any information regarding Jose’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 04-15915 - The murder of Anthony Palomares

In May 2004, officers received a call of shots fired in the 400 block of West Hemlock Street. When they arrived on scene, they noticed through a window that a male was lying on a sofa inside the house. He was unresponsive to their contact efforts and appeared to have a gunshot wound. Once officers forced entry into the house, 45-year old Anthony Palomares was transported to Saint John’s Regional Medical Center where he later passed away. He was home alone at the time of the shooting.

Anthony grew up in Ventura County and enjoyed listening to music. He loved spending time with his daughter and is missed by many family members and friends.

If you have any information regarding Anthony’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.


OPD Case 03-05673 - 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 insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at 805-385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org .

OPD Case 03-32061- The murder of Jorge Martinez

In November 2003, officers responded to the 400 block of North Roosevelt Avenue and found 36-year old Jorge Martinez lying on the sidewalk. It was determined that he died of blunt force trauma to the head. Jorge and his wife had been attending a party for a friend’s daughter at a house on that block. He left before his wife, in the company of three males and two females. A witness saw the three males kicking Jorge on the ground while the two females watched. Jorge left behind two stepchildren. He was a butcher and a former bodybuilder who once competed for Mr. Mexico.

If you have any information regarding Jorge’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.


OPD Case 03-13899 - The murder of David Anthony Zuniga

In May 2003, 36- year old David Anthony Zuniga was shot and killed while attending a small party in the 4900 block of Terrace Avenue over Memorial Day weekend. The party guests heard shots fired and ran into the backyard to find that David and Ralph Ismael Delacerda were both shot. David died on the scene. David was a resident of Oxnard and had lived in Ventura County his whole life.

If you have any information regarding David’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 03-13899 - The murder of Ralph Ismael Delacerda

In May 2003, 29-year old Ralph Ismael Delacerda was shot and killed while attending a small party in the 4900 block of Terrace Avenue over Memorial Day weekend. The party guests heard shots fired and ran into the backyard to find that Ralph and David Anthony Zuniga were both shot. Ralph was transported to the hospital where he died shortly after.

If you have any information regarding Ralph’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 03-08637 - The murder of Daniel Omar Leon

In April 2003, 22-year old Daniel Leon Omar was visiting his girlfriend in the 1000 block of Hull Place. The two were standing outside talking when a subject, described as a Hispanic male in his teens, walked up to them and asked Daniel where he was from. The subject then produced a handgun and fired a shot at the victim before running from the area. Daniel was transported to the hospital where he passed away two days later.

At the time of his death, Daniel had a 4-year old daughter, and he had recently relocated from Oxnard to Santa Paula. He was a Ventura County resident for his whole life. Daniel was loved by many family members and friends.

If you have any information regarding Daniel’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.


OPD Case 03-34850 - The murder of Ricardo Veronica

In December 2003, officers were called to the 1400 block of East Second Street and found 21-year old Ricardo Veronica lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the hip. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds. A witness saw a red vehicle leave eastbound from the area.

If you have any information regarding Ricardo’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.


OPD Case 03-31556 - The murder of Alberto Montecinos Lopez

In November 2003, police were called to a report of shots fired on N McKinley Av. Upon arrival, police discovered the body of 27-year old Alberto Lopez lying on the driveway of a residence. He was pronounced dead on the scene, having suffered from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. Lopez lived in one of three buildings with other field workers on the back of the property where he was found.

If you have any information regarding Alberto’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 03-24044 - The murder of Augustine Medina

In September 2003, a surprise birthday party was being held in the 2100 block of Walden Avenue. A group of four men entered the backyard where the party was being held. One of the suspects was armed and approached 20-year old Augustine Medina. An conversation occurred and the man immediately shot him. He then continued to fire at other party-goers in the immediate area. Augustine died at the scene. 19-year old Gilbert Hernandez was also shot and transported to the hospital, where he later passed away. Five other victims were wounded and taken to the hospital, but were later released.

At the time of his death, Augustine was attending Ventura College and enjoyed being active and spending time with his family. Augustine was loved by many family members and friends.

If you have any information regarding Augustine’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 03-24044 - The murder of Gilbert Hernandez

In September 2003, a surprise birthday party was being held in the 2100 block of Walden Avenue. A group of four men entered the backyard where the party was being held. One of the suspects was armed and approached 20-year old Augustine Medina. An conversation occurred and the man immediately shot him. He then continued to fire at other party-goers in the immediate area. Augustine died at the scene. 19-year old Gilbert Hernandez was also shot and transported to the hospital, where he later passed away. Five other victims were wounded and taken to the hospital, but were later released.

If you have any information regarding Gilbert’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.


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, located 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 Steven's murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 02-23088 - The murder of Emilio Fernandez

In August 2002, 28-year old Emilio Fernandez arrived at an apartment complex with his brother-in-law on the 5200 block of South “J” Street when a man approached them. After the man demanded to know where Emilio was from, he pulled out a gun and shot and killed Emilio. Emilio lived in Saticoy and was at the apartment complex to visit his sister and his two children. At the time of his death, Emilio was survived by his two children and a girlfriend.

If you have any information regarding Emilio's murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 02-13055 - The murder of Lucille Debra Jefferson

In May 2002, 22-year old Lucille Jefferson was driving out of the Circle K parking lot along Rose Avenue when she got into an argument with the occupants of another vehicle that was blocking the driveway. After yelling at them to move their car, Jefferson followed the vehicle to a stop light on Rose Avenue and Santa Lucia Avenue. At the stop light, both Lucille and the occupants of the other vehicle got out of their cars and continued their argument. While they were arguing, Jefferson got stabbed in the chest. Jefferson then got back in her car and drove herself to the nearby hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.

At the time of her death, Jefferson was staying with relatives in Oxnard after recently moving from Van Nuys with her son.

If you have any information regarding Lucille’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 02-08054 - The murder of Isaac Hughes

In March 2002, Isaac Hughes, a mentally challenged 61-year old man, was shot and killed through his bedroom window in the early hours of the morning. Relatives living with him in the house on the 1800 block of Ferrara Way woke up to the sound of glass breaking and found that a fire had started in the kitchen as a result of a “Molotov Cocktail” that had been thrown through the window. In effort to get everyone out of the house, one of Isaac’s relatives went to his bedroom and that’s when they noticed that he was unresponsive and had been shot.

Isaac was a man with a sweet disposition that loved to listen to gospel music and enjoyed attending Church service every Sunday.

If you have any information regarding Isaac’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 01-27974 - The murder of Ralph Jr. McLaughlin

In November 2001, witnesses saw a white pickup truck pull up in front of an apartment complex on South “C” Street and heard the passengers arguing. They witnessed a male passenger get pushed out of the vehicle and saw the car drive off. The man that was forced out of the car was later identified as 38-year old Ralph McLaughlin. When police arrived at the scene, they found McLaughlin suffering from a stab wound to the chest and heard him say that “Rudy done me wrong.” McLaughlin was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

If you have any information regarding Ralph’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 01-19619 - The murder of Israel Mendez

In August 2001, 20-year old Israel Mendez was shot while riding his bike home from his work at Quizno’s. He was shot on South “G” Street in front of an apartment complex that was close to the one that he lived. At the time he lived with mother and younger brother, Juan. Israel was a resident of Oxnard and had been stabbed the year prior to his death.

If you have any information regarding Israel’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 00-22825 - The murder of James Jefferson Boyce

In October 2000, 42-year old James Boyce was walking to his work at the Ventura County Rescue Mission thrift store early in the morning when he was shot multiple times. Boyce lived at the Rescue Mission and was taking a shortcut along the railroad tracks through the Oxnard Transportation Center along East 4th Street when he was shot. When police officers arrived at the scene, Boyce was already dead.

James Boyce was born in Omaha, Nebraska and attended high school there. He also served in the U.S. Navy as a cook. Others at the mission said that Boyce had a passion for God and his faith and wanted to become a minister someday. He was loved by many there and enjoyed teaching others how to read.

If you have any information regarding James’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 00-27684 - The murder of Raymond Caballero

In November 2000, police officers responded to a call of a suspected hit and run after a car crashed into a fence and hit a parked car, slamming it into the side of a house. When officers arrived on East 1st Street though, they found the body of 22-year old Raymond Caballero in the driver’s seat with a gunshot wound to his chest. It was determined that Caballero was shot through the closed driver’s side window.

At the time of his death, Caballero had two young children.

If you have any information regarding Raymond’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 00-26667 - The murder of Felipe Ramirez

In November 2000, 17-year old Felipe Ramirez was standing on the sidewalk along Cedar Court, talking with his brother and friend when four individuals approached them. These individuals took the chain that Ramirez was wearing and then shot him in the chest before running away down the street.

If you have any information regarding Felipe’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 99-27634 - The murder of Gilberto Gutierrez Aviles

In October 1999, a patrol officer was investigating what he initially thought may be a car accident due to finding a car fender on the side of the road when he found the body of 36-year old Gilberto Aviles. The officer found the body lying face down next to the wall of a water treatment plant near the US 101 North on-ramp along E. Ventura Blvd. and Del Norte Blvd. Aviles suffered from multiple gunshots to the chest. Robbery did not seem to be a motive in Aviles’s murder.

Aviles lived in Tustin, CA and was a father to three children ages 14, 12, and 10 at the time of his death.

If you have any information regarding Alberto’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 98-07350 - The murder of Ruben Ambriz

In March 1998, officers received calls of gunshots fired near Bryce Canyon Avenue and Saviers Road. While searching the area, officers received an additional call about a gunshot victim at St. John’s Hospital. Once at the hospital, officers found 19-year old Ruben Ambriz in critical condition. He later passed away. The cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head. The shooting occurred while Ruben was driving down the street in the 100 block of Bryce Canyon Avenue.

If you have any information regarding Ruben’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.


OPD Case 98-02822 - The murder of Genaro Jimenez

In February 1998, 17-year old Genaro Jimenez was riding his bike along Driskill Street when two vehicles approached him. One person from each of the vehicles got out and came up to Jimenez, starting a fight. During the fight, the two suspects stabbed Jimenez, returned to their cars and fled. Jimenez was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Genaro Jimenez was from Oxnard and his friends described him as someone who worked hard in school and liked to make people laugh.

If you have any information regarding Genaro’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.


OPD Case 96-27845 - The murder of Gabriel Cortez

In December 1996, 24-year old Gabriel Cortez, 26-year Frank Cortez, and both of their girlfriends went to El Taco De Mexico on E. 5th St. While waiting for their food, Gabriel and Frank got into an altercation with three males. This led to the shooting of both Gabriel and Frank, leaving Gabriel dead and Frank wounded.

If you have any information regarding Gabriel’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.


OPD Case 95-24949 - The murder of Pedro Madueno

In October 1995, Pedro Madueno and Hector Ponce were standing outside Ponce’s house when they were approached by a small group of individuals. One of these individuals proceeded to shoot both of them, injuring Ponce and killing Madueno.

Pedro Madueno was 16 years old and attended Channel Islands High School.

If you have any information regarding Pedro’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 95-23972 - The murder of Sergio Sanchez

In September 1995, 25-year old Sergio Sanchez was talking with some friends in an alley in the 400 block of N. Anita Av. when a car pulled up and parked around the corner. The occupants got out of their car and approached Sanchez and his friends. The occupants of the car then fatally shot Sanchez in the head and injured one of his friends by shooting him in the foot.

If you have any information regarding Sergio’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 95-23837 - The murder of Martin Banuelos

In September 1995, 16-year old Martin Banuelos went over to a friend’s house on Kennedy Pl. While outside the residence, witnesses saw Banuelos talking with a group of three or four males in a car that had pulled up. Banuelos then went inside the house to meet his friends when another car pulled up and the males inside yelled for him to come back. When Banuelos came back outside, witnesses heard six shots being fired and found Banuelos lying in front of the house suffering from a fatal gunshot wound to the chest.

Banuelos went to Channel Islands High School and was in the 11th grade. He liked to listen to music and hoped to one day become a mechanic.

If you have any information regarding Martin’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 95-04765 - The murder of Jose Luis Gutierrez

In February 1995, the police received a call of shots fired from N. Roosevelt Avenue and when they arrived on scene, they discovered the body of 35-year old Jose Luis Gutierrez, AKA Reynaldo “Reyna” Sandoval, lying on the sidewalk in front of his house. Sandoval suffered from multiple gunshot wounds to the head and chest.

Gutierrez was a known transvestite and had lived in La Colonia for a long time. People that knew him said that he was friendly and a good person.

If you have any information regarding Jose’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.


OPD Case 93-27213 - The murder of Thurman Jackson

In November 1993, Thurman Lamar Jackson was shot and killed inside an apartment in the 200 block of Cuesta Del Mar. Jackson was living there with his girlfriend. Witnesses in the area heard yelling and gunshots. At the time of his death Jackson had three infant children. Jackson was smart, funny, helpful and a proud member of the Jackson family. He was also a life-long lover of automobiles. Jackson's family continues to maintain contact with detectives and hopes one day to know the truth about what happened to him.

If you have any information regarding Thurman's murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 95-02540 - The murder of Manuel Martinez

In February 1995, 33-year old Manuel Martinez was in his carport, moving furniture from his van into his new apartment on Cuesta Del Mar, when two rival gangs approached each other in the alley. The two gangs got into a gunfight and Martinez, an innocent bystander, was hit by one of the bullets, killing him. Another innocent bystander was also struck by one of the bullets, but she only sustained minor injuries.

If you have any information regarding Manuel’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 92-29449 - The murder of Rosendo Obiedor Vargas

In December 1992, 39-year old Rosendo Obiedo Vargas and 40-year old Arturo Ramirez Heredia rented a room at the Flamingo Hotel with two other males. One of the owners of the hotel, Miao Ho, discovered Rosendo and Arturo lying on the floor in between the two beds in their room and notified police. When officers arrived, they determined that the two men were dead and that it appeared that they each had been stabbed multiple times to the neck and throat. Upon initial investigation it appeared that robbery may have played a part in the double murder since some of the two men’s belongings were missing from their hotel room.

If you have any information regarding Rosendo’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 92-29449 - The murder of Arturo Ramirez Heredia

In December 1992, 39-year old Rosendo Obiedo Vargas and 40-year old Arturo Ramirez Heredia rented a room at the Flamingo Hotel with two other males. One of the owners of the hotel, Miao Ho, discovered Rosendo and Arturo lying on the floor in between the two beds in their room and notified police. When officers arrived, they determined that the two men were dead and that it appeared that they each had been stabbed multiple times to the neck and throat. Upon initial investigation it appeared that robbery may have played a part in the double murder since some of the two men’s belongings were missing from their hotel room.

If you have any information regarding Arturo’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 92-29006 - The murder of Victor Daniel Miramontes

In November 1992, Victor Daniel Miramontes, who also went by Danny, was picked up by his girlfriend, Diane Majeno, and driven to Diane’s mom’s house on Sarita Drive where she had also been staying. They sat out on the porch of the house for awhile until Diane went inside. While Diane was in the house, she heard someone call for her to come outside because Victor was hurt. Diane found Victor laying on the grass with injuries to his face and took him to the hospital. When they got there though, Victor refused to go inside stating that he was fine. Later back at Diane’s mother’s house, Victor stopped breathing so she called an ambulance to transport Victor to the hospital where he later died as a result of traumatic head injuries.

If you have any information regarding Victor’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 89-18188 - The murder of Ernesto Cazares

In August 1989, the body of Ernesto Cazares was discovered lying in the intersection of East Channel Islands Boulevard and Cloyne Street. An autopsy revealed that Ernesto died of a blow to the head.

Ernesto was a seaman on the ship, the Isla Isabela. Cazarez was born in Ecuador.

If you have any information regarding Ernesto’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 88-11003 - The murder of Luis Aguilar Marron

In May 1988, 45-year old Luis Aguilar Marron was at the Hideaway Bar on Mercantile Street when he got into an argument with a fellow patron. The men took the argument outside where a witness saw the man shoot Luis several times.

If you have any information regarding Luis’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 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 was seen inside a nearby bar playing pool. Hector was an upstanding citizen.

If you have any information regarding Hector's murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 85-5783 - The murder of William Lucas

In April 1985, Police 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 insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

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 laying by the railroad tracks in the 200 block of East Fifth Street. Valenzuela had been beaten to death. Information showed that Valenzuela was traveling through Oxnard by train and was headed to Central California.

If you have any information regarding Jose's murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

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 Ventura County Sheriff's Deputies. 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 insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 79-21869 - The murder of Cecilia Hinahon Gozar

In December 1979, 28-year old Cecilia Hinahon Gozar’s body was discovered by her husband, Nick Gozar, in their residence in the 1000 block of Saratoga Street. She was found on the couple’s bed with a severe head injury. At the time of her death, Cecilia had two young daughters.

If you have any information regarding Cecilia’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 79-07596 - The murder of Claudia Backus

In April 1979, the body of 83-year old Claudia Backus was discovered in her home on San Simeon Avenue. Her daughter, Willine Riley, had been trying to reach her mother via telephone and upon several unanswered calls, she and her sister, Hope Marquardt, went to their mother’s house where they discovered her body. When police arrived, they determined that Claudia had been stabbed and also noted that portions of her house had been ransacked.

Claudia was a widow and lived alone. She had a love of birds and raised cockatiels in her backyard. In the weeks leading up to her death, Claudia had been a victim of grand theft when sixteen birds were stolen from her backyard.

If you have any information regarding Claudia’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 79-02732 - The murder of Timothy George Gitchel

In February 1979, 18-year old Timothy George Gitchel attended Mann’s Theater with his older brother and friends to see a showing of “The Warriors.” Before the movie began, Timothy’s friend, Alan Granstrom, was harassed and beaten by a group of boys their age demanding money. Upon hearing this, Timothy and his friends demanded to know who had hurt Alan. The group that had beat him up met Timothy and his friends outside the entrance to the theater where a fight ensued. This fight ultimately led to the stabbing of Timothy Gitchel, Daniel Gitchel, and Alan Granstrom. Daniel and Alan were treated and released at the hospital, but Timothy was pronounced dead upon arrival, suffering from a stab wound to the heart.

Timothy was born in Buffalo New York and had lived in Ventura since he was four years old. He graduated from Buena Park High School the year prior to his death and was an honor student. He worked for his stepfather at a construction company and was also a counselor at the YMCA. He enjoyed baseball, swimming, and fishing in his free time.

If you have any information regarding Timothy’s murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 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 shot Candelaria, ultimately killing him.

If you have any information regarding Richard's murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.

OPD Case 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 laying on the ground suffering from gunshot wounds.

If you have any information regarding Miguel's murder, no matter how insignificant, please contact the Oxnard Police Department at(805) 385-8174 or coldcase@oxnardpd.org.