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July 27, 2017

Program to feature 1976 cold case murder


Cynthia Hernandez 


SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – On August 26, 1976, Cynthia 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, 61-year-old Larry James Allred was charged with her murder. On Oct. 17, 2016, Allred was sentenced to life in prison.

On Sunday, July 30, the story of her shocking murder will be featured on “On the Case with Paula Zahn” at 10 p.m. PST on Investigation Discovery, and highlight the efforts of the Glendora Police Department, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Denise Yoakum, who is assigned to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Cold Case Unit. Following Allred’s sentencing in Oct. 2016, Yoakum described her motivation for never giving up on this case.

“For forty years we had a victim without justice, a family without answers and a killer amongst us,” Yoakum said. “Cindy’s family didn’t know whether she was alive or dead. This is exactly why the Cold Case team never gives up.”

Yoakum, who believes there are potential other victims of Allred, is hoping the show will bring forward other witnesses and help solve other cases.

To learn more about the case, you can visit the District Attorney’s website: https://goo.gl/cJLJMr

To learn more about the upcoming show, visit www.facebook.com/PaulaZahnOfficial  

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

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