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March 12, 1991 | PATRICK McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When detectives arrived at the Hernandez home late Sunday, Jesus Hernandez said, he sensed that the family's protracted, painful vigil might finally be ending, for better or worse. His sister's inconsolable sobs soon extinguished the flicker of hope that had burned brightest on each occasion when young Leticia was reported sighted, from California to Florida.
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September 2, 1992 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Oceanside Police Department will suspend its investigation into the kidnaping-murder of Leticia Hernandez, investigators said Tuesday, more than 2 1/2 years after the 7-year-old's death. Leads have run dry, Lt. Ralph Korbacher said, and, after some minor paperwork is filed next week, the case with its boxes of reports will be filed in the records department. "Everyone pretty much is in agreement that we have run as far as we can at this point," Korbacher said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1990 | YOLANDA RODRIGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Victor Hernandez turns 10 years old later this month, the one gift he wants is his little sister safe at home. "I hope she is all wrapped up in paper," he told his mother. "I hope she has a bow on her." Three confirmed sightings of a child fitting Leticia's description have given a glimmer of hope to the family of Leticia Hernandez, missing since Dec. 16. Sgt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1992 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Law enforcement officials have been unable to conclusively tie their prime suspect to the death of Leticia Hernandez, the 7-year-old Oceanside girl whose disappearance 2 1/2 years ago launched a nationwide search, and the investigation is "going nowhere," sources said. DNA tests recently returned from an FBI laboratory in Washington did not link the suspect--a convicted child molester and alien smuggler who lived just down the street from the girl--to the crime, sources said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1992 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Law enforcement officials have been unable to conclusively tie their prime suspect to the death of Leticia Hernandez, the 7-year-old Oceanside girl whose disappearance 2 1/2 years ago launched a nationwide search, and the investigation is "going nowhere," sources said. DNA tests recently returned from an FBI laboratory in Washington did not link the suspect--a convicted child molester and alien smuggler who lived just down the street from the girl--to the crime, sources said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1990 | MONICA RODRIGUEZ and RAY TESSLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Her gifts from last Christmas sit unopened, and sometimes her little brother cries out for her in the night. But always, there is no answer. One year and thousands of police leads later, Leticia Hernandez, 8, is still missing, and, if she is still alive, is believed to be anywhere in heavily forested northern Florida with the kidnapers who grabbed her from an Oceanside street a year ago today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1990 | YOLANDA RODRIGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly five months have passed since Leticia Hernandez disappeared from her family's Bush Street home in Oceanside. But her mother, the police, and a major corporation have not given up the hope that the 7-year-old girl will be brought home safely. On Tuesday, Oceanside police said investigators are reviewing the more than 1,800 possible leads that the case--which has attracted national attention--has generated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1990
One month after Leticia Hernandez disappeared from the front steps of her family's Bush Street apartment, investigators say the series of calls about sightings of the girl has dwindled to "almost zero." "We need help," said Bob George, spokesman for the Oceanside police. "We are still asking people to keep their eyes open." The family, hoping that the 7-year-old will come home, have not opened their Christmas presents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1990 | YOLANDA RODRIGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The publisher of the Blade-Citizen has hired a New York psychic to help in the search for 7-year-old Leticia Hernandez. John Monti, the psychic, on Friday visited the little girl's mother, also named Leticia Hernandez, in her Oceanside apartment. The girl's mother said Monti spent 30 to 60 minutes with her. He was accompanied by a reporter from the Blade-Citizen. Hernandez said Monti looked at Leticia's picture and asked about the moments before she disappeared.
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March 12, 1991 | RAY TESSLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The remains of 7-year-old Leticia Hernandez, whose kidnaping 15 months ago launched a nationwide search, were found in a remote canyon in northern San Diego County, authorities said Monday. A property caretaker discovered the girl's badly decomposed body Saturday near a rural county road between the Pala Indian Reservation and Riverside County line. She may have been dead for as long as a year, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1991 | RAY TESSLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Investigators searched a lonely canyon Tuesday for clues in the apparent murder of Leticia Hernandez, the Oceanside 7-year-old whose kidnaping 15 months ago spawned a plethora of leads and purported sightings. The partial remains of the girl were found last weekend near a rural road only 22 miles from her home.
NEWS
March 12, 1991 | RAY TESSLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The remains of 7-year-old Leticia Hernandez, whose kidnaping 15 months ago launched a nationwide search, were found in a remote canyon in northern San Diego County, authorities said Monday. A property caretaker discovered the girl's badly decomposed body Saturday near a rural county road between the Pala Indian Reservation and Riverside County line. She may have been dead for as long as a year, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1991 | PATRICK McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When detectives arrived at the Hernandez home late Sunday, Jesus Hernandez said, he sensed that the family's protracted, painful vigil might finally be ending, for better or worse. His sister's inconsolable sobs soon extinguished the flicker of hope that had burned brightest on each occasion when young Leticia was reported sighted, from California to Florida.
NEWS
December 17, 1990 | MONICA RODRIGUEZ and RAY TESSLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Her gifts from last Christmas sit unopened, and sometimes her little brother cries out for her in the night. But always, there is no answer. One year and thousands of police leads later, Leticia Hernandez, 8, is still missing and, if she is still alive, is believed to be somewhere in vastly forested northern Florida with the kidnapers who grabbed her from an Oceanside street a year ago Sunday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1990 | MONICA RODRIGUEZ and RAY TESSLER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Her gifts from last Christmas sit unopened, and sometimes her little brother cries out for her in the night. But always, there is no answer. One year and thousands of police leads later, Leticia Hernandez, 8, is still missing, and, if she is still alive, is believed to be anywhere in heavily forested northern Florida with the kidnapers who grabbed her from an Oceanside street a year ago today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1990 | BONNA M. DE LA CRUZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly seven months have passed since 7-year-old Leticia Hernandez was abducted from her family's Oceanside apartment. Since then, law enforcement agencies across the country have linked forces in their intense search for the young girl, who is now believed to be in northern Florida. While law officers nationwide continue their investigations, organizers are planning a July 25 benefit at the U.S. Grant Hotel on Broadway. They hope to bring in $100,000 to fill the coffers of the Leticia Hernandez Reward Fund.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1989 | YOLANDA RODRIGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leticia Hernandez wants to be a model when she grows up. She is also a timid and mothering 7-year-old who braided her own hair for the school photograph that has been reproduced and distributed all over Oceanside and neighboring communities. She never wandered away from home. Her mother, sister, uncle or grandmother always knew where she was. But now, they wonder where she is and pray they will see her soon. Sadly, no one has seen Leticia since Saturday afternoon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1990 | YOLANDA RODRIGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marty Roane's second-grade students at Palmquist Elementary School had an unusual lesson Thursday about the geography of the southeastern United States. The location of Florida--so far away from these youngsters--was of intense interest. Panama City, Fla., was where their missing classmate, Leticia Hernandez, last was sighted on Feb. 2. Although Leticia hasn't been with her classmates since she disappeared from in front of her apartment Dec.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1990 | YOLANDA RODRIGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly five months have passed since Leticia Hernandez disappeared from her family's Bush Street home in Oceanside. But her mother, the police, and a major corporation have not given up the hope that the 7-year-old girl will be brought home safely. On Tuesday, Oceanside police said investigators are reviewing the more than 1,800 possible leads that the case--which has attracted national attention--has generated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1990 | YOLANDA RODRIGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The publisher of the Blade-Citizen has hired a New York psychic to help in the search for 7-year-old Leticia Hernandez. John Monti, the psychic, on Friday visited the little girl's mother, also named Leticia Hernandez, in her Oceanside apartment. The girl's mother said Monti spent 30 to 60 minutes with her. He was accompanied by a reporter from the Blade-Citizen. Hernandez said Monti looked at Leticia's picture and asked about the moments before she disappeared.
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