The Unsolved 1989 Murder of Seven-Year-Old Leticia Hernandez

The little girl disappeared while playing outside her family’s apartment in December 1989; her skull was later found in March 1991.

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Theresa Hernandez -White and Sim /Find A Grave.

The Abduction of Leticia Hernandez

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Sightings of Leticia Hernandez

Between the day she disappeared and May 22, 1990, there were 18 sightings of Leticia. The last sighting occurred on May 22 at a gas station in High Springs, Fla.

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North County Blade-Citizen
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The Street Peep

The Discovery

On March 9, 1991 (some reports say March 6), a property caretaker discovered a skull in a remote canyon near a rural county road between the Pala Indian Reservation and the Riverside County line in North San Diego County. The area was sparsely populated and roughly 25 miles northeast of Leticia’s Oceanside home. Dental records later identified the skull as belonging to Leticia Hernandez.

Prime Suspect and DNA

One man, aged 40 and married with three children in 1989, has been the prime suspect since early in the investigation. His name has never been released to the public, but he lived in Leticia’s neighborhood when she disappeared and was a convicted pedophile and alien smuggler.

Aftermath

After Leticia disappeared, her school classmates rotated what desks they sat in, so her seat was never empty.

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