Unsolved Monterey Homicides
The Monterey Police Department is actively pursuing our unsolved "Cold-Case" homicides. Although many of the leads have grown cold and witnesses memories tend to fade, advances in evidence processing have helped tremendously in the continued investigation of these crimes. The use of DNA testing on our old cases has resulted in arrests for crimes committed decades ago and has also eliminated many possible suspects.
While physical evidence is an important tool in the solving of all types of crimes, we still believe that there are people in and around the community that may have information critical to the resolution of some of these old cases. We want to talk to you! Your information could be the key piece of information we are waiting for.
All contacts in reference to the unsolved cases will be handled confidentially, but we do want to speak with you. The following links contain some of the unsolved homicides in the City of Monterey. Our department as well as the surviving members of these crimes, the victims family and friends, hope that if you have information on any of these cases, you will contact our Investigations Division at the locations provided in the cases.
Sheila Chavez was 18 years old at the time of her death. She was last seen by a friend in Carmel Valley on 8/10/82 waiting for a bus. On 9/18/82 her body was found at the bottom of a ravine, to the rear of the Monterey Public Library. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma and asphyxiation. Although a male adult admitted to being with the victim sometime before her death, no positive suspects have been identified. Prior to her death, Chavez frequented the downtown area of Monterey. There may have been someone who knew Sheila around the time of her death who has information on her friends and associates at the time.
During the afternoon of August 5, 1984 Timothy Weiner reported his fiancé, Diane Fox, missing from their home in the 600 block of Airport. Weiner told police he had last seen Diane around 2a.m. when she left the home in a borrowed car to go to the 7-11 store down the street.
Fox never returned home. After locating the car parked two blocks away, Weiner notified police Diane was missing at 4pm. Grocery bags in the car and 7-11 employees later confirmed Diane had been at the store around 2am that morning.
On August 7, 1984 Diane Fox's body was found on Lapis Road near Marina. Her body had been "dumped" after she was killed at an unknown location. The cause of death was stabbing with other blunt force injuries after a violent struggle.
No arrests were made in the initial investigation, and DNA examination of the evidence is ongoing.
If you have information on Diane Fox or Timothy Weiner, we would like to speak with you.
During the early 1990's, the Monterey recreation trail on Cannery Row was a popular area for teenagers and young adults to congregate.
Around 10:40 pm on June first 1991, a fight broke out on the recreation trail near the Edgewater Packing Company. A crowd of about 30 people, mostly teenagers and young adults, were in the general area.
During the fight someone pulled out a small caliber handgun and fired into the crowd hitting two 21year old males.
One of the victims was shot in the leg. The second victim, Stephen Briggs, was shot in the chest. Briggs died in the hospital as a result of the shooting.
Although several possible suspects were identified in the initial investigation, we are still looking for people who were at the scene of the shooting that did not come forward or were never identified. Even if you believe your information is not relevant, if you were there we would like to speak with you.
We would also like to talk with you if you have information on the person(s) responsible for shooting Stephen Briggs.
On April 8, 1995 James Finnegan was shot to death in the vacant lot adjacent to Tire Town and Ralph's grocery store in the 2400 block of North Fremont (the old Cypress bowl parking lot).
Finnegan was driving in his vehicle when he got into a verbal argument with several males in another car. The altercation continued as both vehicles drove into the vacant lot, where Finnegan was ultimately shot.
Although three of the suspects involved in this initial altercation were identified and contacted in 1995, no arrests have yet been made for Finnegan's murder.
If you have any information about the shooting death of James Finnegan, please contact the Monterey Police Department at the above number.
On Sunday Morning 3/4/84, the body of Jerry James was found in the kitchen of his home in the 1200 block of Third street in Monterey. James' roommate, Ronald Carpenter had discovered the body and called police. James was found nude and was the victim of a beating with a blunt object.
The subsequent investigation by the Monterey Police detectives identified a potential suspect who was arrested within 3 days of the incident. This person was later released due to a lack of evidence. Both James and the suspect frequented the North Fremont area of Monterey including the Nu-Art adult bookstore on N. Fremont.
It is believed that James knew his killer and may have allowed the suspect into his home.
On the afternoon of 8/16/84 the body of Francis DeAlvis was found in his apartment in the 800 block of Hawthorne street. DeAlvis was fatally stabbed and the apartment ransacked. At least one item was believed to be stolen from the apartment.
DeAlvis was last seen alive by family members several days before the body was found. He was a Jr. High School teacher in the Prunedale area at the time of death.
No viable suspects were identified during the initial investigation. It is believed that DeAlvis knew his killer and that he allowed the suspect into the apartment.
Prior to his death, DeAlvis was found to frequent the Old Eros theater on Franklin street (which has since closed) as well as the Nu-Art adult bookstore on N. Fremont Street.
If you have information on the murder of DeAlvis, please contact us at the above number.
Durward Mills was the victim of a robbery while working at the Cork-n-Bottle liquor store at 2210 North Fremont Street. On May 29, 1992 around 5:11 PM, Monterey officers were dispatched to the liquor store where a witness found the 66 year old Durward Mills lying behind the counter.
Mills had been stabbed by an unknown suspect and was transported to Community Hospital. The cash register had been emptied. Mills died the next day from his injuries. Witness statements from in and around the store at the time of the robbery helped create the composite image of the suspect shown at the top. The suspect's name is possibly "Levi", who was possibly homeless at the time of the crime.
If you have any information on the murder of Durward Mills or the suspect possibly named "Levi", please contact the Monterey Police Department at the above number.
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