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News Release

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Media Relations

Unsolved Homicide Results in $50K Reward NR14004sm

Los Angeles: This afternoon, Los Angeles Police Department Detectives held a news conference in connection with the unsolved murder of 78-year-old Joseph Gatto.

The victim’s family along with LAPD detectives, are hoping the offer of a $50,000 reward will help solve the case.

On November 13, 2013, the body of Joseph Anthony Gatto was discovered in his Silver Lake home located in the 2800 block of Bright Lane. The investigation has determined that Mr. Gatto died as the result of a single gunshot wound and that his death occurred approximately 24 hours before he was discovered by family members at his residence.

The Los Angeles Police Department has released the sketch of a male white between 18 -25 years of age who was involved in a burglary from motor vehicle and the assault with a deadly weapon on the same date as Mr. Gatto’s murder, in an area near Mr. Gatto’s residence. Detectives would like to speak with him regarding any knowledge he might have about Mr. Gatto’s death.

Robbery Homicide Detectives are seeking the community’s assistance in gaining any information that may lead to the identity of the person or persons responsible for Mr. Gatto’s death.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact LAPD Robbery Homicide  Detectives Barry Telis or Chris Gable at (213) 486-5910.  During off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637
(C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.”