06-16-2006, 10:29 AM #1Registered User
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A Cold Case Murder Brings Bond
Not sure if this is the best place for this, but it is a happy part to a sad case.
The two cops couldn't help but worry about the 12-year-old twins.
Ever since their first meeting in that squalid mobile home off Boulder Highway, Las Vegas police officers Linda Turner and Paul Wojcik felt a bond with the boy and girl. They were sweet, polite and adorable despite the filthy conditions that surrounded them.
They had no idea their mother and two teenage stepsisters had been slain eight years earlier. They had no idea their father was the prime suspect. They had no idea police were about to take away the only family they had left.
"We used to sit there and think about what's going to happen to these kids," Turner said. "They were about to have their lives turned upside down."
The two knew then this was a case that would stick with them for a long time to come.
In February 2003, Turner, 34, and Wojcik, 33, were working for the problem-solving unit in the Southeast Area Command when a call came in from a detective with the Downey Police Department in Southern California.
He had a missing persons case that had gone cold. He suspected foul play and thought the man responsible was living in Las Vegas.
The case involved the disappearance of Luz Maria Mucino and her two daughters, Edith Mucino Gonzalez and Gabriela Mucino Gonzalez, who had not been seen since November 1994.
Mucino's husband, Estanislao Prado Gonzalez, and their twin children also vanished about the same time.
Police found blood in the family's abandoned apartment but needed more evidence to make a murder case.
Downey police Sgt. Gil Toledo had run Gonzalez's name through his computer and found a match in Las Vegas. Soon he was in Las Vegas with Turner and Wojcik, headed to the Gonzalez home to get more information.
The officers pretended to be social workers, so they wouldn't spook Gonzalez. Toledo interviewed Gonzalez while Turner and Wojcik talked to the twins.
Turner and Wojcik were touched by the children's innocence.
"It really put a face on the case when we saw these kids," Turner said.
When the officers asked the children about their mom, they stared blankly and said they didn't have one. Turner and Wojcik left with heavy hearts.
The conditions were so bad -- rotting food, dog feces, exposed wires -- they wanted to take the kids right then and there. But they couldn't jeopardize the murder case, and they left without them.
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06-16-2006, 11:50 PM #2Former Member
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- On the bank of Lake Pontchartrain
What wonderful people those two police officers are. Thanks for sharing this.