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LAPD cold-case team names suspect in 1980 killing

March 28, 2009|Joel Rubin

Nearly three decades after the sexual assault and brutal slaying of a woman, Los Angeles cold-case detectives announced Friday that they have identified a suspect and have asked the public for help in tracking him down.

In 1980, 39-year-old Lois Hale's teenage daughter found her stabbed to death in her North Hollywood home. Detectives worked the case for years without solving it, police officials said. In 2006, Los Angeles Police Department cold-case detectives Thomas Townsend and Timothy Kirkpatrick reopened the case file, examining DNA evidence, fingerprints and crime scene photographs.

Advances in DNA technology and expanded state felon databases linked Guadalupe Gonzalez Jimenez to the killing, police said.

Jimenez, 53, is known to have worked odd jobs as a machinist and upholsterer, has ties to the Pacific Northwest and came to Los Angeles from Mexicali, police said. The tip of his right index finger is missing and he has the word "Mambro" tattooed on his left biceps. Detectives have been searching for Jimenez since last fall.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jimenez is asked to call detectives at (818) 623-4075. After hours and on weekends, tips should be made by calling 1-877-LAPD-247 -- a 24-hour toll-free number -- or sending a text message to "CRIMES" (274637) and beginning the message with the letters "LAPD." All tips are anonymous.

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joel.rubin@latimes.com

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