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April 1, 2016

Man charged in 1976 cold case murder

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Cynthia Hernandez

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – On August 26, 1976, 18-year-old Cynthia May Hernandez left her home to catch a movie at the Fox Twin Theaters in Covina.

Hernandez, a recent Charter Oak High School graduate, never came home.

The next morning, her family located her unoccupied vehicle in the theater parking lot. Fearing for her safety, they immediately filed a missing person’s report with the Glendora Police Department.

Nearly 40 years after her disappearance, a suspect has been formally charged in connection with the death of Hernandez.

Larry James Allred, 61, has been charged with murder.

“Thanks to great investigative work of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the Glendora Police Department, we were able to identify the suspect who murdered young Cynthia forty years ago,” said District Attorney Mike Ramos.

This case will be assigned to Deputy District Attorney Denise Yoakum, who is assigned to the Cold Case Unit.

Allred is currently serving eight years at the California Institution for Men in Chino on unrelated charges. No arraignment details available at this time. Since this is an ongoing investigation, no further details will be released.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Detective Patty Ruiz or Sergeant Greg Myler at (909) 387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at


Contact: Christopher Lee, Public Affairs Officer (909) 382-3665 or via email at or via text at (909) 782-5559




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