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News Release

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Media Relations

Reward Increased to $100,000


Los Angeles Police Department Detectives and
Councilman Ed Reyes will hold a news conference to announce a reward increase in an unsolved double murder.

Friday, August 13, 2004, at 2:00 p.m.

Parker Center
150 North Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles

Los Angeles: On January 2, 1993, at about 8:00 a.m., the Los Angeles Fire Department Personnel responded to a structure fire in the 800 block of North Avenue 50 in Highland Park. Victims, 22 year-old Veronica Ultreras and three year-old Cinthia Ultreras, were discovered inside the house by witnesses and the fire department personnel who responded to the scene.

The Los Angeles Fire Department’s Arson Section investigated the fire and determined the fire was intentionally started and is being investigated as arson. Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Criminal Conspiracy Section assumed the responsibility for the double murder investigation.

In 1997, after exhausting all leads in the investigation without results, a $25, 000 reward was offered, but proved fruitless.

It is expected that the reward increase will generate new leads in the investigation and that the person(s) responsible for this crime will be brought to justice.

Anyone with information that may assist in this investigation is urge to call the Los Angeles Police Department’s Criminal Conspiracy Section Detectives Kent Anderson or Olivia Vanderzanden, at 213-473-7474. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).

This news advisory was prepared by Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section, at 213-485-3586.