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December 2, 2000 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sam Knott, a grieving father who became a crusader for victims' rights and police officer accountability after his daughter was murdered in 1986 by an on-duty CHP officer, died of an apparent heart attack Thursday night while tending a memorial at the spot where his daughter's body was found. "The pain of Cara's murder never left him," said Dist. Atty. Paul Pfingst, who successfully prosecuted CHP officer Craig Peyer for the murder of 20-year-old Cara Knott.
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December 2, 2000 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sam Knott, a grieving father who became a crusader for victims' rights and police officer accountability after his daughter was murdered in 1986 by an on-duty CHP officer, died of an apparent heart attack Thursday night while tending a memorial at the spot where his daughter's body was found. "The pain of Cara's murder never left him," said Dist. Atty. Paul Pfingst, who successfully prosecuted CHP officer Craig Peyer for the murder of 20-year-old Cara Knott.
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August 21, 1994 | STEVE SALERNO, Steve Salerno is a San Diego-based journalist now working on a book about a murder for hire. His last story for the magazine was "Weekend at Camp Sell-a-Lot," on new sales training techniques
At about 9:45 p.m. on a Saturday, two nights past the Christmas of 1986, Sam and Joyce Knott were seized by a living nightmare without pity or precedent. Their 20-year-old daughter, Cara, was guiding her white VW Bug along Interstate 15, San Diego's interior freeway, back to her home in El Cajon. She had just spent two days in Escondido playing nursemaid to her boyfriend, Wayne Bautista, who was ill with the flu. Her trip should have taken 40 minutes.
MAGAZINE
September 18, 1994
Steve Salerno's "A Father's Crusade" (Aug. 21) touched a deep chord in its reference to persons entrusted "to serve and protect" who have somehow betrayed their oath. After a 1980 kidnaping and murder in my family, I had to deal with various law-enforcement bureaucracies in San Diego County. Salerno's report affirmed my experiences of unaccountability and even sloppiness in our institutions of law and order. In my case, efforts to affect procedural changes left me doubting my own sense of right and wrong.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1988 | JENIFER WARREN, Times Staff Writer
In emotional and often gripping detail, Cara Knott's relatives and fiance testified Friday about their desperate and relentless search for the young woman the night she disappeared on her way home along Interstate 15. Occasionally collapsing into tears, Knott's parents told jurors in the retrial of former California Highway Patrol Officer Craig Peyer that they became concerned when their daughter failed to arrive home as scheduled on Dec. 27, 1986, and that they immediately set out to find her.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1988 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
In statements opening the murder trial of fired California Highway Patrol officer Craig Peyer, prosecutors said Tuesday they will count heavily on blood and fiber evidence that they say prove he killed university student Cara Knott in 1986. Most of the evidence presented by prosecutors thus far is circumstantial. But Deputy Dist. Atty.
MAGAZINE
September 18, 1994
Steve Salerno's "A Father's Crusade" (Aug. 21) touched a deep chord in its reference to persons entrusted "to serve and protect" who have somehow betrayed their oath. After a 1980 kidnaping and murder in my family, I had to deal with various law-enforcement bureaucracies in San Diego County. Salerno's report affirmed my experiences of unaccountability and even sloppiness in our institutions of law and order. In my case, efforts to affect procedural changes left me doubting my own sense of right and wrong.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1986 | HECTOR GUTIERREZ, Times Staff Writer
A 20-year-old college student who was found dead Sunday in a creek bed off Interstate 15 was strangled, the San Diego County coroner's office said Monday. Detectives had theorized that Cara Evelyn Knott died from a beating or from being thrown off a bridge over Mercy Road on Old Highway 15, which runs parallel to Interstate 15 south of Poway Road. But Deputy Coroner Jerry Hillbrand said Monday that an autopsy revealed that it was "strangulation by another person" that caused Knott's death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1991
Municipal Judge Larry Stirling appeared in court Friday as a witness called by the parents of murder victim Cara Knott in their wrongful death suit against the California Highway Patrol. Stirling told jurors of his meeting with Joyce and Sam Knott 10 months after their daughter was killed. He discussed their meeting with two top CHP officials while Stirling was in the state Assembly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1986 | NANCY REED, Times Staff Writer
A 20-year-old honor student who called her parents Saturday night to say she was on her way home was found dead 12 hours later in a creek bed off Interstate 15, an apparent slaying victim. San Diego police found the clothed body of San Diego State University student Cara Evelyn Knott near the foot of Mercy Road in the Penasquitos Creek bed about 8:45 a.m. Sunday. Her family had been searching for her along freeways between Escondido and her family's El Cajon home for more than seven hours.
MAGAZINE
August 21, 1994 | STEVE SALERNO, Steve Salerno is a San Diego-based journalist now working on a book about a murder for hire. His last story for the magazine was "Weekend at Camp Sell-a-Lot," on new sales training techniques
At about 9:45 p.m. on a Saturday, two nights past the Christmas of 1986, Sam and Joyce Knott were seized by a living nightmare without pity or precedent. Their 20-year-old daughter, Cara, was guiding her white VW Bug along Interstate 15, San Diego's interior freeway, back to her home in El Cajon. She had just spent two days in Escondido playing nursemaid to her boyfriend, Wayne Bautista, who was ill with the flu. Her trip should have taken 40 minutes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1988 | JENIFER WARREN, Times Staff Writer
In emotional and often gripping detail, Cara Knott's relatives and fiance testified Friday about their desperate and relentless search for the young woman the night she disappeared on her way home along Interstate 15. Occasionally collapsing into tears, Knott's parents told jurors in the retrial of former California Highway Patrol Officer Craig Peyer that they became concerned when their daughter failed to arrive home as scheduled on Dec. 27, 1986, and that they immediately set out to find her.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1988 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
In statements opening the murder trial of fired California Highway Patrol officer Craig Peyer, prosecutors said Tuesday they will count heavily on blood and fiber evidence that they say prove he killed university student Cara Knott in 1986. Most of the evidence presented by prosecutors thus far is circumstantial. But Deputy Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1986 | HECTOR GUTIERREZ, Times Staff Writer
A 20-year-old college student who was found dead Sunday in a creek bed off Interstate 15 was strangled, the San Diego County coroner's office said Monday. Detectives had theorized that Cara Evelyn Knott died from a beating or from being thrown off a bridge over Mercy Road on Old Highway 15, which runs parallel to Interstate 15 south of Poway Road. But Deputy Coroner Jerry Hillbrand said Monday that an autopsy revealed that it was "strangulation by another person" that caused Knott's death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1986 | HECTOR GUTIERREZ, Times Staff Writer
The number of detectives assigned to investigate the slaying of San Diego State University student Cara Evelyn Knott has been doubled but police still have no suspects. "Leads yes, suspects no," homicide Sgt. Ted Armijo said Tuesday of the investigation. Armijo said the number of detectives on the case has been increased from four to eight. Armijo described support given police by the public in the investigation as "overwhelming."
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July 18, 1996 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The family of a young woman murdered by an on-duty California Highway Patrol officer in 1986 has settled a lawsuit against the CHP for $2.7 million. The family of Cara Knott decided to settle the lawsuit rather than continue the legal fight, according to the family's lawyer, Brian Monaghan. A judge last year awarded the family a $7.5-million judgment, but the CHP, represented by the state attorney general, filed an appeal.
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