Anaheim Police Release Description of Possible Fifth Victim of Alleged Serial Killers

Categories: 2014 Homicides

At a press conference Monday where Orange County law enforcement officials provided some details on their case against alleged serial killers Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon, who are accused of murdering four women, Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada said investigators are "confident" there is at least a fifth victim.

His department released a description that person Tuesday afternoon in hopes the public can help find her.

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Jodi Pier-Estepp, Mother of Presumed Victim of Alleged Serial Killers, Blasts Authorities

Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, R.I.P.
The mother of the only victim whose body has been recovered so far as part of the quadruple murder case against two alleged serial killers lashed out at Orange County authorities outside court Tuesday.

Jodi Pier-Estepp said if registered sex offenders Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon were more closely monitored, her 21-year-old daughter Jarrae Nykkole Estepp might still be alive today.

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Steven Dean Gordon and Franc Cano Have Arraignment Delayed for Alleged Serial Killings

Categories: 2014 Homicides

See the update at the end of this post on the arraignment delay of two registered sex offenders accused of raping and murdering at least four women in Orange County.


ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 15, 7:34 A.M.: The GPS devices parolees Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon wore played a role in implicating them in the murders of four women, being suspected in the slaying of a fifth and possibly more, according to authorities.

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Judge Rejects Dismissal of Murder Charges in Kim Pham Beating Death Case: Update

See the update at the end of this post on the judge rejecting the defense motion to dismiss the charges.

ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 15, 7:08 A.M.: A judge today could dismiss the charges against the two Santa Ana women accused of beating Kim Pham to death outside The Crosby on Jan. 19. Or, Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals could stick to the scheduled May 5 trial opening--or even delay the proceedings that have been sped up at the request of the defense attorneys for Candace Marie Brito and Vanesa Tapia Zavala.

You know, the same attorneys seeking dismissals.

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Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon, Alleged Killers of 4 Women, Could Face Death Penalty

Categories: 2014 Homicides

See the update at the bottom of Page 2 on the charges and possible penalty facing two alleged serial killers of at least four Orange County prostitutes.

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Franc Cano
ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 14, 7:01 A.M.: We'd reported how some experts did not believe a serial killer was responsible for the deaths of a young prostitute whose body was found in an Anaheim trash recycling facility and three women missing from Santa Ana.

The Anaheim and Santa Ana police departments have essentially announced those experts were wrong.

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Aleksandar Apostolovic Charged with Murder in Crash That Killed 12 y.o. Vivian Nguyen: Update

See the update at the end of this post on the district attorney's office charging Aleksandar Apostolovic with murder and several other serious felonies.

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ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 4, 10:29 A.M.: A "career criminal" faces murder and assault with a deadly weapon charge after a police pursuit ended with a collision that killed a 12-year-old girl in Westminster Thursday evening.

Aleksandar Apostoloic Apostolovic, 26, of Santa Ana, was captured early today, about six hours after his modified black Chevy Suburban struck a Toyota van and another vehicle in the intersection of Trask Avenue and Hoover Street, Westminster Police said.

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Michael James Worden and Freda Griep Bryson I.D.'d as Santa Ana Murder-Suicide Couple

Categories: 2014 Homicides

See the update on the identities in the Santa Ana murder-suicide investigation.

Michael James Worden
ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 3, 9:53 A.M.: An elderly couple was found shot to death in their Santa Ana condominium Wednesday evening in what police are investigating as a murder-suicide.

A Santa Ana Police spokesman says it appears the unidentified husband, who was in his early 70s, shot his wife, who was in her late 70s, before turning the handgun on himself in their condo in the 2100 block of East Wellington Avenue.

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A Serial Killer Isn't Preying on OC Prostitutes, Say Experts, as Bodies Pile Up and Women Go Missing

When the Santa Ana Police Department last month asked the public for help in locating three women last seen Aug. 13, including two who were last in an area of the city known for drugs and prostitution, the first image that flashed in my mind was the face of Tina Hoang at right.

The body of the 20-year-old Bellflower mom who had been busted in the past for prostitution was found on the sand next to a lifeguard tower in Newport Beach on March 4, 2013, and police a month later labeled the case a homicide.

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Jarrae Nykkole Estepp I.D.'d as Dead Woman Found at Anaheim Waste and Recycling Facility

Categories: 2014 Homicides

Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, R.I.P.
See Update No. 3 on Page 2 identifying the victim as Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, 21. Update Nos. 1-2 on the next page revealed the body was a woman's and the case is being investigated as a homicide.

ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 14, 12:16 P.M.: A body was found in the trash at an Anaheim waste and recycling center, according to authorities.

Republic Services is at 1131 N. Blue Gum St., Anaheim, which is near the intersection of the 91 and 57 freeways.

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Ashton Colby Sachs Spent Time Planning His Family's Ambush in Upscale SJC: Prosecutor

At Monday's arraignment hearing for Ashton Colby Sachs--the 19-year-old accused of murdering his parents and attempting to murder one of his brothers and one of his sisters in San Juan Capistrano a month earlier--the prosecutor alleged the defendant spent much time planning "a horrendous crime."

Senior Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh also said the shooting spree was not financially motivated, although the prosecutor declined to say much more about motive.

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