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News Release

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Media Relations

Public's Assistance Requested to Locate the Murderer of Richard Nesel

"Public's Assistance Requested to Locate the Murderer of Richard Nesel"


Van Nuys Area Homicides Detectives, the Victim’s Two Sons and Sister

Press Conference Seeking The Public’s Assistance in Identifying Richard Nesel’s Murderer.

Thursday, March 27, 2003, 1:00 p.m.

Van Nuys Area Police Station, 6240 Sylmar Avenue, Van Nuys

Los Angeles: On Sunday, March 9, 2003, at approximately 4:35 p.m., Van Nuys Patrol Officers responded to a radio call of a possible murder at the Mobil Gas Station located in the 4500 block of North Sepulveda Blvd. Upon arrival, the officers observed the gas station clerk to be unconscious and not breathing. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The victim has been identified as 44 year-old, Richard Nesel, a resident of Van Nuys.

It is believed that the Nesel died as a result of an altercation that he had with a customer. However, this information has not been confirmed.

The Van Nuys Homicide Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect. Anyone with information regarding this incident may contact Van Nuys Homicide Detectives at 818-756-8377 or Van Nuys Area Police Station at 818-756-8346. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour, toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-529-3855.

This media advisory was prepared by Public Information Officer Renee’ Montoya, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.