MOORPARK SLAYINGS MYSTIFY DEPUTIES: KILLINGS OF MORA, WOOD HAVE GONE COLD.Byline: Angie Valencia-Martinez Staff Writer
MOORPARK - The slayings of a teenager last month and a 71-year-old phone-card salesman in 2004 are baffling baf·fle
tr.v. baf·fled, baf·fling, baf·fles
1. To frustrate or check (a person) as by confusing or perplexing; stymie.
2. To impede the force or movement of.
1. authorities in Moorpark, who said the homicides are extremely unusual for Ventura County's safest city.
Daniel Mora MORA, In civil law. This term, in mora, is used to denote that a party to a contract, who is obliged to do anything, has neglected to perform it, and is in default. Story on Bailm. Sec. 123, 259; Jones on Bailm. 70; Poth. Pret a Usage, c. 2, Sec. 2, art. 2, n. , 16, was found stabbed to death April 2 in the garage of a home in the 400 block of Harry Street.
It has been a year since Dennis Wood was found shot in the head and chest in his three-bedroom home in the 12500 block of Mountain Trail Street. The man had been dead for several weeks when his decomposed de·com·pose
v. de·com·posed, de·com·pos·ing, de·com·pos·es
1. To separate into components or basic elements.
2. To cause to rot.
1. body was discovered on April 16 by sheriff's deputies.
No one has been arrested in either slaying, and each day that passes lowers the odds of catching the killer, officials said.
``Both are active cases,'' said Cmdr. David Tennessen with the Ventura County Sheriff's Department The Ventura County Sheriff's Department (VCSD) provides law enforcement for the unincorporated areas of Ventura County, California, USA, as well as several cities within the county. The cities that VCSD serves are Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, and Thousand Oaks. . ``Sometimes we get a break. Sometimes we have to work longer to find the clues we need to get the suspect.''
In the areas patrolled by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, 147 homicides have gone unsolved, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Capt. Larry Kelley Lawrence Morgan "Larry" Kelley (May 30, 1915 – June 27, 2000) was an American football player born in Conneaut, Ohio. He played end, for Yale University. While at Yale he was a member of Skull & Bones, and was the second winner of the Heisman Trophy in 1936. with the department's major crimes unit.
The oldest unsolved crime dates back to 1958, when a 17-year-old boy from the Newhall area was gunned down south of Fillmore.
The department's homicide clearance rate The area which would be cleared per unit time with a stated minimum percentage clearance, using specific minehunting and/or minesweeping procedures. hovers around 55 percent, he said.
For the victims' families, not knowing what happened is agony.
``I'm frustrated, but not at the police,'' said Bruce Simmons, Wood's 48-year-old son, who described his father as kind, soft-spoken, smart and a true gentleman.
``I'm frustrated that somebody out there knows about this. This person's partner, friend, girlfriend, mother. Somebody knows who this person is. All it takes is that one person.
``The person needs to be punished and the public protected.''
In January, he offered a $25,000 reward, in addition to the $10,000 offered by the Sheriff's Department and the city of Moorpark.
Simmons hopes the $35,000 reward will yield information leading to the arrest and conviction of his father's killer.
That case has gone cold, and authorities are hoping the reward can serve as an incentive for the public to call in clues.
Because Wood's body was discovered long after his death, the investigation has been challenging. The first 24 to 48 hours after a homicide are critical in terms of gathering evidence.
``We're doing everything humanly hu·man·ly
1. In a human way.
2. Within the scope of human means, capabilities, or powers: not humanly possible.
3. possibly to track down the suspects,'' Tennessen said. ``The message to the public is, somebody knows what happened. I urge that somebody in these two violent crimes to come forward.''
Though officials would not elaborate on the investigations, they did say the two cases are not connected.
The District Attorney's Office and the Ventura County Sheriff's Department were recently awarded nearly $190,000 in federal grants to help solve old cases with the help of DNA evidence Among the many new tools that science has provided for the analysis of forensic evidence is the powerful and controversial analysis of deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, the material that makes up the genetic code of most organisms. .
The grant will help form a multijurisdictional DNA/Cold Cases Task Force - a team staffed by four part-time homicide investigators, which will review as many as 70 unsolved homicide cases from between 1970 and 1995.
``This award will enhance the already very good relationship we have with all of our local law enforcement agencies A law enforcement agency (LEA) is a term used to describe any agency which enforces the law. This may be a local or state police, federal agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). , the medical examiner A public official charged with investigating all sudden, suspicious, unexplained, or unnatural deaths within the area of his or her appointed jurisdiction. A medical examiner differs from a Coroner in that a medical examiner is a physician. and forensic scientists to help solve these most important cases,'' District Attorney Greg Totten said in a statement.
``If we can even resolve even one unsolved homicide, our work together will be a great success and will bring justice to at least one victim and peace of mind to their families.''
The number of homicides in the county dropped from 13 in 2003 to five in 2004. Overall, violent crimes - including murders, rapes and aggravated assaults - plunged from 622 incidents in the same time period to 531.
The Sheriff's Department provides service to the cities of Moorpark, Camarillo, Fillmore, Ojai and Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks, residential city (1990 pop. 104,352), Ventura co., S Calif., in a farm area; inc. 1964. Avocados, citrus, vegetables, strawberries, and nursery products are grown. and patrols the unincorporated areas of the county.
Thousand Oaks is one of the safest cities in the nation with a population more than 100,000. But Moorpark's per-capita crime rate is even lower.
Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604
HOW TO HELP
Anyone with information about the deaths of Daniel Mora or Dennis Wood is asked to call the Ventura County Sheriff's Department at (805) 654-2311.
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