San Diego’s Unsolved Murders

Rewards are offered for information leading to the identification or arrest of suspects in these cases.

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One of the top unsolved murders in San Diego County occurred on May 7, 2009. Officers found the deceased bodies of Carol and Barry Sandberg inside their home in the community of Bay Park A reward of up to $51,000 is available for information leading to an arrest Get more information on the case here.
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A reward of $1,000 is offered for information leading to an arrest in the murder of Ayo Wharton. On Wednesday, November 2, 2011, at approximately 8:00 a.m., officers responded to a report of a male found in Tecolote Canyon on the walking path. The male, later identified as Ayo Wharton, suffered a gunshot wound and died from his injury.
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On February 14, 2007, Jodine Elizabeth Serrin, a 39-year-old, mentally challenged woman, was found murdered in her Carlsbad condominium located in the 1900 Block of Swallow Lane. A reward of up to $2,000 is available for information leading to an arrest in this case. $1,000 is from Jodine's family and $1,000 from Crime Stoppers. The Governor's office is offering a $50,000 reward.
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On January 19, 2007, at about 6:30 p.m., 16-year-old Romel Velarde was shot and killed in front of his house. Velarde was standing in his driveway located in the 2300 block of East Division Street in National City. Two unidentified males were seen running from the area. A brown van or sports utility vehicle was seen driving away from the area immediately after the murder.
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On July 26, 2007 at about 10:30 pm Kimo Muronaga was shot and killed while walking from his home to his job at a print shop in the Mountainview neighborhood of San Diego. Kimo noticed a suspicious looking vehicle pulling over and someone get out of the car. Fearing for his safety, he ran--Kimo was shot as he fled on Imperial and 36th Street.
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On October 28, 2007 at about 1:20 a.m., 17-year-old Guy Christopher Lofton III was found lying on the sidewalk at 2300 Commercial Street in San Diego. Guy suffered a gunshot wound and died from his injuries. His murder remains unsolved. The San Diego Police Department is looking for information on the suspect responsible for this homicide. Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible for this crime.
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On October 28, 2007 at about 2:11 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 3000 block of Webster Avenue regarding a person down in the street. When officers arrived, they found 26-year-old David Rodriguez Jr. shot to death. His murder remains unsolved. The San Diego Police Department is looking for information on the suspect responsible for this homicide. Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible for this crime.
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On Monday, November 5, 2007 at 5:51 pm, Anthony Hawkins was shot and killed at the Exxon Station on Euclid & Geneva. Hawkins was shot multiple times and died of his injuries. The San Diego Police Department is seeking information about this case. A reward of up to $1,000 is available for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s) responsible for this crime.
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On the evening of November 23, 2007, Francisco Miranda was shot in the 3000 block of Main Street in Chula Vista in the parking lot of On the Border. He later died of a gunshot wound to the head. Detectives believe this case is related to two other shootings the same night. Witnesses described the suspect as a black man, in his late 20s to early 30s, with a slim build. He was wearing a black hooded shirt, blue jeans and a ball cap turned backward.
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On November 23, 2007, Jose Rodriguez was out with friends celebrating his 18th birthday. While driving a friend home, Jose was shot and killed in front of an apartment complex in the 400 block of Woodlawn Avenue in Chula Vista. Witnesses described the shooter as a black man, in his late 20s to early 30s, with a slim build. Three separate shootings took place that night San Diego and Chula Vista; they are all believed to be related.
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On January 23, 2008, Mimi Rohwer was found strangled in her San Marcos mobile home. Her roommate Julio Cesar Jacobo-Curiel is a suspect in the case. He was last seen leaving the Casitas del Sol mobile home park on Barham Drive. Jacobo-Curiel is a 57-year-old hispanic male, 5'4", 175 lbs.
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Brandon Johnson (left) and Donnell Davis -- On the evening of March 16, 2008 Brandon and Donnell were on their way home from a bowling alley in Chula Vista. As they drove on Highway 54 a car pulled alongside their vehicle and fired multiple shots. Brandon and Donnell were killed. San Diego County Crime Stoppers is joining with the San Diego Sheriff's Department to get leads on the unsolved murders of Brandon Johnson and Donnell Davis.
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On June 15, 2008 at approximately 12:20 a.m., 20-year-old Darnell Smith parked his car in the 700 block of Pyramid Street. Smith was with several relatives and was walking to his Aunt’s house from his car. An unknown suspect stepped out of a vehicle, walked up behind Smith and his relatives, and fired multiple rounds at the group; Smith was hit and died at the scene. Witnesses described the suspect vehicle as a newer black Ford Escape or a similar vehicle with tinted windows. In addition to the $1,000 Crime Stopper Reward, Cox Communications is also offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.
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On Friday, December 3, 2010 at 8:17 pm, Edgar Luna was shot on the 200 block of Lustrosos in Oceanside. He died in the hospital on December 8th. The Oceanside Police Department and Crime Stoppers are seeking information about this case. There is a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.
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On September 6, 2009, at 8:24 p.m., a citizen reported hearing a gunshot in the area of Jacaranda and Pershing Drives. Subsequent callers reported a male shot in the 2600 block of Jacaranda Drive. Officers and paramedics found Brandon Robinson on the ground next to his motorcycle, suffering from a gunshot wound. Paramedics transported the victim to a trauma center, where he died at 12:41 a.m. The preliminary investigation has revealed that the Brandon was astride his motorcycle, which was parked on the west curb of Jacaranda Drive, when an unknown person shot him.
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San Diego Police are looking for leads in the shooting death of Edward Johnston on December 9, 2008 in the Jamacha/Lomita area. At 7:35 pm, officers were dispacted to the 900 block of Cardiff to a report of gunshots. They found two victims in the parking lot of a strip mall who had been shot. Edward Johnston, age 18, was killed, the other victim a 17-year-old-male survived. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 18-20, and bald. The night of the murder, he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt.
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On February 1, 2009, at approximatey 2:40 a.m., Hannah Podhorsky was shot and killed in the 700 block of South 42nd Street. Podhorsky was a resident of National City and a student at Mission Bay High School. Investigators believe Podhorsky was visiting friends who reside on South 42nd Street. She was standing on the sidewalk in front of the residence with at least one other person when they were approached by unknown suspects. The suspects fired multiple rounds from a handgun in the direction of Podhorsky and her friend. Podhorsky was struck once in the lower obdominal area. The motivation for the shooting is not clear at this time, nor is it clear whether or not Podhorsky was the intended target.
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On May 30, 2009, at approximately 10:45 p.m., officers responded to the 4300 block of 40th Street on reports of gunshots heard and a person down. They arrived to find Stephen Cormier, 18, suffering from gunshot wounds; Cormier was pronounced dead at the scene. The preliminary investigation has revealed that Cormier was inside a residence in the 4300 block of 39th Street when a Latino male came to the door. Cormier and the masked male walked south in the east alley of 39th Street. When they arrived in the cul-de-sac at the south end of 40th Street, Cormier and the suspect began to fight. The suspect pulled out a handgun and shot Cormier several times. The suspect ran to a white Ford Explorer which was parked on the east curb of 40th Street, facing north. The Explorer was driven by a Latino male, mid-20s, short hair, wearing a dark blue San Diego Chargers jersey. The vehicle was last seen eastbound on Meade Avenue. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 18-20, and bald. The night of the murder, he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt.
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On June 15, 2009, Tammy Jo Charland’s body was discovered in the north alley of 3000 Main Street in San Diego. Her body was discovered wrapped in the above bedding. Tammy was homeless and was known to frequent the area where her body was discovered.
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A reward of up to $10,000 is available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Federico Ramos in the murder of Daniel Alexander. Ramos is 31 years old 5'4, 150 pounds. Daniel was murdered on July 4th, 2009. According to witnesses, Daniel Alexander was at the 500 block of S. Vine Street and was confronted by several Hispanic males who were at a party next door. Daniel was shot and killed and Ramos is wanted in connection to the murder. A reward of up to $1,000 is available for information leading to an arrest and up to $9,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction of Federico Ramos.
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On Sunday, August 23, 2009, at approximately 01:51 a.m., the Sheriff’s Department received a report of gunshots and people screaming in the area of 1145 Helix Street in Spring Valley. Deputies found Andgrick Miller, (Age 24) who had been shot, he later died from his injuries. Prior to the shooting, the victim was seen talking with a black male adult who was approximately 5’10” tall and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. A vehicle was seen leaving the area after the shooting. The vehicle was described as being a maroon or red late 1970’s to mid 1980’s two-door Chevy Monte Carlo style vehicle with 20” rims.
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On March 30, 2010, at 7:00 P.M., Ted Jarvis was shot and killed in the 3600 block of 44th Street in San Diego. A second person was also shot during the incident and survived. A Hispanic male was seen shooting from a white sedan. The vehicle fled Northbound immediately following the shooting. The shooting is believed to be gang related. The San Diego Police Department is looking for information on the suspect responsible for this homicide. Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible.
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On October 4, 2009 at 12:53 a.m., the Chula Vista Police Department received several calls of a shooting near 881 Showroom Place in Chula Vista. Officers arrived and found one victim with a gunshot wound to the chest and a second victim with a head injury from an unknown blunt object. Teddy Savangsengouthay died at the scene, the second victim was transported to Mercy hospital and survived. Witnesses said there were several suspects involved in the incident. The suspects were described as Asian male adults. The suspects fled in a truck and a small car, possibly an Altima or Honda Civic. The suspects are still outstanding and the investigation is ongoing
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On July 19, 2010, at 9:30 pm, Courtney Graham was shot and killed on the foot path behind the John Adams Manor Apartment complex. The path leads to 1900 Champion Street. Two black males were seen getting into a dark color 4 door sedan which drove away north on Champion Street toward Grape Street immediately following the shooting.
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On Friday, June 25, 2010, at about 21:39 hours, an Escondido Police Officer in the area of 700 North Broadway heard several gunshots. Officers quickly discovered that Sylvia Gonzales, 29, of Escondido had been shot in the abdomen. Witnesses at the scene told officers that a white four door sedan pulled up to the group standing near the Hacienda Motel, 735 North Broadway, and fired several rounds in their direction. The suspect was described as either a Hispanic or Black male. Sylvia Gonzales died on July 8.
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On July 25, 2010, at 9:30 p.m., 19-year-old Dillon Patterson was found stabbed to death near Wideman Park, 6700 Imperial Avenue in San Diego. Detectives believe Patterson was attacked inside the restroom at the park. The San Diego Police Department is looking for information on the suspect responsible for this homicide. Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible.
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On January 9, 2011, at 8:42 p.m., officers responded to a report of a shooting at 30th Street and ‘C’ Street. They arrived to find 49-year-old Darryl Hunter on the north side of 2900 ‘C’ Street and 30-year-old Keith Butler inside an apartment complex in the 3000 block of ‘C’ Street. Both Hunter and Butler had been shot and later died from their wounds. Hunter and Butler are father and son who had been visiting a residence on C Street. The son left the apartment to walk his father to a bus stop at 30th and C Streets. Approximately 20 minutes later both men were shot.
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On August 20, 2010, at 6:45 a.m., 27-year-old Alberto Giovanni Flores’s body was discovered on the grounds of the La Vista Memorial Park, known as Lincoln Acres, located at 3191 Orange Street in the unincorporated area of National City, CA. The preliminary investigation revealed on August 19th, 2010, at about 7:00 p.m., Flores left a friend’s house near the Plaza Bonita Shopping Mall and was walking back to his residence in Chula Vista.
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Jeremy Lindsay, 22, was attending the popular sky show at the stadium when he was approached by a group of men. Get more information on the case here.
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