09-14-2011, 11:06 PM #91
Yippee!! Will get a copy one way or another.
09-15-2011, 09:30 PM #92
I went to Oxnard to get paper, but do not see article :-(
09-16-2011, 03:35 PM #93
09-16-2011, 06:45 PM #94
I find it interesting that someone at the McDonald's where Johnnie hung out said they thought they saw him. I wonder if it was the same day as the party.
In any event, what happened with that sighting? Was the witness one of Johnnie's friends from this hang out, or was it simply a random customer or employee? Did the witness actually see this man in or near the McDonald's itself, or somewhere else in town? What did the man do? Was he acting strangely? I take it that this witness never actually spoke to this man, otherwise (assuming that this witness actually was a friend) that would have likely confirmed whether or not the man was really Johnnie.
It's funny that Johnnie's brother Ralph described him as a "smart dresser" because I always got the impression from his photos that Johnnie was the type of person who went out of his way to look stylish and well-groomed at all times. I don't think there's so much as a hair out of place in any of his pictures!
09-16-2011, 07:07 PM #95
I logged into VCStar and posted Johnnie's WS link :-)
09-16-2011, 10:06 PM #96
This is the street on which the party was held:
If he was still living with his parents at 1325 W Juniper St., this is the route from Cedar Street to there.
Last edited by Bobby88; 09-16-2011 at 10:16 PM.
09-28-2011, 06:44 PM #97
Someone posted a link to Johnnie's article on this blog:
It looks that Johnnie's case may be attracting attention even 40 years later. Better late than never.
10-07-2011, 10:23 PM #98
I don't know what took me so long to post this, but Saviers Road where the McDonald's at which someone thought the saw Johnnie is only 6 minutes from Cedar Street where the party was held.
I'm really interested in knowing when the witness from McDonald's actually saw the person they believed to be Johnnie. If the info on Namus is correct and Johnnie was last seen alive at 00:30 (12:30am), it seems unlikely that the witness would have encountered Johnnie at the restaurant at that hour as the place would likely have been closed. Also, people back then didn't stop for fast food on the way home from places like they do now; such meals were usually more of a treat.
Anyway, I have a feeling that the sighting is likely an honest case of mistaken identity. If Johnnie was actually at the McDonald's after he disappeared, why was he there and why did he not go home after the party? Even he faked his disappearance and wanted everyone to think he'd been abducted for some reason, why would he then go to a McDonald's that was not only just 6 miles from the party he'd just left, but one where he hung out regularly and would almost certainly have run into people he knew?
Given that Johnnie and Joe are identical twins, isn't it possible that the witness (assuming they didn't see the person he/she thought could have been Johnnie up close) could have actually seen Joe somewhere on Saviers Road when he was on unrelated business and mistook him for Johnnie?
Another important question for the witness would be whether they saw "Johnnie" (that's how I'm going to refer to the man allegedly spotted at the McDonald's, instead of just referring to him as "the man thought to be Johnnie") either enter or exit a car and what type of car was it. I think if we found the car, it would eventually lead us to what happened to Johnnie.
The more I think about this case, the more mysterious and disturbing it seems. A man and his car disappear 7 minutes from home in a heavily-populated residential area and no one knows anything?!? Not buying it.
10-14-2011, 08:01 PM #99
I found this UID and despite the almost four-year gap between Johnnie's disappearance and this man's death, their general descriptions are rather similar.
I just sent an e-mail to the Fresno Sheriff's Dept. asking them whether or not Johnnie has ever been compared to their John Doe.
If for some reason it is Johnnie, where would he have been all that time?
10-16-2011, 11:31 AM #100
I just got this PM earlier today:
Hello, my name is Elidet Bordon, and I have a new magazine coming out called Ventura County's Cold Cases.
I was reading your threads about a cold case regarding Johnnie Joe Herrera and was wondering if you were interested in writing for our magazine regarding this case.
The pay isn't much, we pay $60 for an article.
I would love to have you write regarding this case if you are up to it.
I can interview people you think are relevant to the case, as I get the information for our local law enforcement and pass on the info to you, since I know you aren't local.
Please let me know if this interests you.
I sent a message back requesting that she contact me. I think I'm gonna do the article.
10-17-2011, 08:00 PM #101
This is the email that Elidet sent back to me after I agreed to do the article:
Thank you for getting back to me and for helping with this case. I am working with Oxnard Police Department, which is handling the case.
What I need from you is a picture and 3-5 sentence bio about you and your background. Should be written in third person, but we edit and proof read everything here so we just need your info.
You are going to be added as a contributor to this issue of the magazine. Once it is printed, it will also be available online, but I can send you extra copies for yourself.
This info will be included in our masthead, where we post the Letter from the Editor.
About the Case:
I am not looking for someone to write about how sad the family is that he is missing.
What I am looking for is information that can help solve the case, like a detective.
The Ventura County Star's article didn't include information that can lead to solving the case. I want to do better, our quality and standards are higher so I expect a more detailed article or story for our magazine.
The reason I contacted you was because I saw that you ask other questions like what happened at the bachelor party. That is exactly the kind of person I would like to be involved in helping write this article.
I can go interview and look for people that you need to me interview if we can find them.
Here are things I want included in the article (remember, I will be editing and contributing as well, so this article will be written by both of us, and you do get credit for it.)
1. Who's bachelor party was it? (I understand that this gentleman is deceased, however, this is something I want included.)
2. Who was at the bachelor party? (We would be contacting the detective assigned to this case.)
3. How was he at the bachelor party? Drunk, sober, hyper, etc?
4. Where did he work?
5. Who was he married to? (She is also deceased, but this needs to be included.)
6. Who were his friends?
7. What lead up to the disappearance? What did he do that day and night?
8. Where was the party vs. where did he live at the time? (I am adding a little map for illustration purposes.)
9. What high school did he attend?
10. What was he like? Personality?
The article does not need to be written in this order, these are just some of the things I need in there. I don't expect you to do all the research yourself.
I live locally, so I can be your eyes and research partner here in Oxnard. Any copies of old newspapers and such, I'm already working on it. I will be sending you information as I get it.
I am looking to contact the twin brother to interview him, and you will receive the audio of the interview for your research.
Please let me know what you need from me.
Call me anytime, 805-832-0351 and thank you for your time!
Ventura County's Cold Cases
10-19-2011, 02:27 PM #102
Wow, you are really getting the word out! Any news from Fresno about their UID?
10-19-2011, 09:15 PM #103
11-17-2011, 06:29 PM #104
Just in case anyone is interested, here is what little I have started of the article for the magazine:
Whatever Happened to Johnnie Herrera?
The year was 1971. Richard Nixon was in the White House. The controversial sitcom All in the Family debuted on CBS. Rod Stewart’s Maggie May topped the pop music charts, and a new car at the time cost on average a whopping $3,500 and could be powered by gasoline purchased at forty cents a gallon. On August 27 of that year, twenty-year-old Johnnie Herrera, a handsome, dark-haired young man dressed sharply in a purple shirt and white pants, attended a friend’s bachelor party on the 700 block of West Cedar Street in Oxnard. He was reportedly seen at the party, but what happened after that is unknown. What is known is that neither Johnnie nor the blue 1969 Volkswagen Beetle he was driving that night have ever been seen or heard from again. He left behind a young wife (now deceased) and ten-month-old son, as well as a host of unanswered questions. His is the oldest unsolved missing persons case on file in Oxnard, and undoubtedly one of the most baffling.
Johnnie Joe Herrera and his identical twin brother Joe were born in Oxnard on February 17, 1951 to Mexican immigrant parents named Laureano and María Herrera (née Rodriguez). They were the fifth-born in a family that included a total of seven children, all seemingly normal kids. Johnnie and his brother graduated from Hueneme High School in 1969.
I haven't gotten any more info from Elidet yet to write any more than this. What do y'all think?
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