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    CA - Cynthia Hernandez, 18, Glendora, 26 Aug 1976

    Cynthia May Hernandez
    Missing since August 26, 1976 from Glendora, Los Angeles County, California.
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics
    Date Of Birth: June 7, 1956
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 20 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'4; 125 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White/Hispanic female. Brown hair; brown eyes. Long fingernails with the bottom painted hot pink and the top painted maroon.
    Clothing: She was last seen wearing gray knit pants, a black turtleneck sweater, a rust-colored sweater open in front and white platform shoes with cork soles. On her left ring finger she had a white metal "love knot" ring. On her right hand, she wore a Charter Oak High School class ring for the class of 1976. "CMH" is engraved inside the class ring. She also carried a brown purse of patchwork vinyl squares laced together on the edges.
    Dentals: Not available
    AKA: Cindy

    Circumstances of Disappearance

    Hernandez was last seen in Glendora, California on August 26, 1976. The Charter Oak High School graduate left the house to catch a nighttime showing of "The Omen" at the Fox Twin Theaters in Covina. Her boyfriend was sick with the flu and a friend she called had either already seen the horror movie or didn't want to go. Early the next morning, her family found the Chevrolet station wagon she used parked behind the Azusa Avenue theater. It was unlocked and backed into a parking spot. Hernandez was never seen again.

    Police deemed the disappearance suspicious from the beginning since the car was left behind and Hernandez had no reason to run away. In the three decades since, detectives have looked at the case to see if Hernandez became a victim of a killer preying on women in the Southland. But the answers to her fate have eluded investigators. She had never gone missing before and probably spent three nights of her life away from home. Hernandez, who played volleyball, football and baseball, was strong and would resist being dragged off. Cindy Hernandez was the middle child in a family of three children. Like her siblings, she was a good singer. She sang alto in the school a cappella choir. She was also athletic, liked to dance and was active in church. Hernandez was a homebody who loved to cook. In eighth grade, she could make a baked Alaska and her own barbecue sauce. Her mother described her as very honest and naive.

    Glendora police recovered latent prints from the station wagon in 1976. A latent print could be a palm print or fingerprints. No one has used Hernandez's driver license, name or Social Security number since she vanished.

    In 1993, sheriff's investigators reviewing cases of women killed in the eastern part of Los Angeles County looked at the Hernandez case. Detectives were trying to see if the same suspect was involved in the killings of a girl and three young women in the San Gabriel Valley in the late `70s. The suspect hasn't been arrested or charged with the local killings or with Hernandez's disappearance.

    Five days after Hernandez disappearance, a woman who worked at the Fox theater had a run-in with a man as she left work. She didn't report the encounter to police at the time. The man said he was a photographer and wanted to take a picture of her. He put his hand under her blouse. He also told her she didn't have a figure for modeling but had a figure for attracting men. He wanted to date her. The victim declined and drove away. The police haven't been able to make a solid connection between that incident and Hernandez's disappearance.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Glendora Police Department 626-914-8250

    Agency Case Number: 76-3202
    NCIC Number: M-026680427
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    California Department of Justice
    SVG Tribune
    SVG Tribune
    The Doe Network: Case File 862DFCA

    Link:
    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/862dfca.html

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    Updated Link...

    This case is one which seems to have a lot of information, but no solution after more than 30 years. The Doenetwork has updated their file on the case since I first posted it here. The link in the origional post does not work, but the one below should. Click on it to see a photo of Cynthia.

    I wonder if there might be a connection between Cynthia's disappearance and the Bradford case?

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    Cynthia May Hernandez

    Missing since August 26, 1976 from Glendora, Los Angeles County, California.
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Vital Statistics

    Date Of Birth: June 7, 1956
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 20 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'4; 125 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White/Hispanic female. Brown hair; brown eyes. Long fingernails with the bottom painted hot pink and the top painted maroon.
    Clothing: She was last seen wearing gray knit pants, a black turtleneck sweater, a rust-colored sweater open in front and white platform shoes with cork soles. On her left ring finger she had a white metal "love knot" ring. On her right hand, she wore a Charter Oak High School class ring for the class of 1976. "CMH" is engraved inside the class ring. She also carried a brown purse of patchwork vinyl squares laced together on the edges.
    Dentals: Not available
    AKA: Cindy


    Circumstances of Disappearance

    Hernandez was last seen in Glendora, California on August 26, 1976. The Charter Oak High School graduate left the house to catch a nighttime showing of "The Omen" at the Fox Twin Theaters in Covina. Her boyfriend was sick with the flu and a friend she called had either already seen the horror movie or didn't want to go. Early the next morning, her family found the Chevrolet station wagon she used parked behind the Azusa Avenue theater. It was unlocked and backed into a parking spot. Hernandez was never seen again.

    Police deemed the disappearance suspicious from the beginning since the car was left behind and Hernandez had no reason to run away. In the three decades since, detectives have looked at the case to see if Hernandez became a victim of a killer preying on women in the Southland. But the answers to her fate have eluded investigators. She had never gone missing before and probably spent three nights of her life away from home. Hernandez, who played volleyball, football and baseball, was strong and would resist being dragged off. Cindy Hernandez was the middle child in a family of three children. Like her siblings, she was a good singer. She sang alto in the school a cappella choir. She was also athletic, liked to dance and was active in church. Hernandez was a homebody who loved to cook. In eighth grade, she could make a baked Alaska and her own barbecue sauce. Her mother described her as very honest and naive.

    Glendora police recovered latent prints from the station wagon in 1976. A latent print could be a palm print or fingerprints. No one has used Hernandez's driver license, name or Social Security number since she vanished.

    In 1993, sheriff's investigators reviewing cases of women killed in the eastern part of Los Angeles County looked at the Hernandez case. Detectives were trying to see if the same suspect was involved in the killings of a girl and three young women in the San Gabriel Valley in the late `70s. The suspect hasn't been arrested or charged with the local killings or with Hernandez's disappearance.

    Investigators

    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Glendora Police Department 626-914-8250
    Agency Case Number: 76-3202
    NCIC Number: M-026680427

    Please refer to these numbers when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    California Department of Justice
    SVG Tribune
    The Doe Network: Case File 862DFCA

    LINK:
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/862dfca.html

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    bumping case up...

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    Could Cynthia be a victim of Rodney Alcala? It seems likely especially since the Fox theatre employee had a run in with a man using the "photographer" line a few days after her disappearance. That's the lure that Rodney often used when approaching women.

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    Cindy has been missing 34 years now. Come home soon.

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    Cynthia May Hernandez (18) - Glendora CA, 1976


    Cynthia May Hernandez

    Endangered Missing

    Missing From: Glendora, California

    Missing Since: August 26, 1976

    Age: 18 -- Height: 5'4" -- Weight: 125 lbs -- Hair Color: Brown -- Eye Color: Brown

    Cynthia's nickname is Cindy.


    Cynthia was last seen in Glendora, California on August 26, 1976. She left home to see a movie in Covina, California and never returned. Her car was found early the next morning, unlocked and parked behind the theater. Authorities do not believe Cynthia left of her own accord.


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    Cynthia May Hernandez?

    Hello everyone,

    I am new to this website so please excuse me if there's something I do wrong (and please let me know so I won't do it again ). I was looking through Alcala's released pictures yesterday and thought that the girl in picture no 11 and 118 might look like Cynthia May Hernandez.

    I'm sorry I don't know how to attach pictures yet. What do you think?

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    Joseph Nasso

    I wonder if Joseph Nasso made any trips down I-5 from Yuba. He seemed to like to travel around like Bundy. And was known for approaching women very similarly to the way the girl at the theater was approached.


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    There is no listing for this MP on Namus.

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    The Red sweater Girl in the Alcala pics looks a lot like her.

    Red Sweater Girl - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community
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    What Bradford case are you talking about and who is Joseph Nasso?

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    Just found this article on the case:
    http://www.sgvtribune.com/general-ne...still-unsolved

    Woman's disappearance still unsolved
    By Ruby Gonzales, Staff Writer
    POSTED: 05/11/12, 9:00 PM PDT | 0 COMMENTS
    San Gabriel Valley Tribune (West Covina, CA) - Saturday, August 26, 2006

    GLENDORA - Cynthia May Hernandez left the house to catch a nighttime showing of "The Omen" at the Fox Twin Theaters in Covina.

    But the 18-year-old didn't come home.

    Early the next morning, her family found the Chevrolet station wagon she used parked behind the Azusa Avenue theater. It was unlocked and backed into a parking spot.

    Hernandez was never seen again.

    It was 30 years ago today when the Charter Oak High School graduate, known to family members as "Cindy," disappeared. The oldest missing person case in Glendora remains a mystery.

    Police deemed the disappearance suspicious from the beginning since the car was left behind and Hernandez had no reason to run away. In the three decades since, detectives have looked at the case to see if Hernandez became a victim of a killer preying on women in the Southland. But the answers to her fate have eluded investigators.

    Gloria Densham, 71, doesn't think her daughter is alive.

    "I think it took me about three years to realize that she wasn't coming home. Everybody treated her as a runaway but she wasn't," Densham said.

    She said her daughter never went missing before Aug. 26, 1976, and probably spent three nights of her life away from home. Hernandez also wasn't the type to get into a stranger's car or fall for any sob story she heard.

    Hernandez, who played volleyball, football and baseball, was strong and would resist being dragged off, she added.

    "She's the kind who would fight you and the type to get killed. It took me awhile to realize that. She would have moved heaven and earth to get home," Densham said.

    Glendora police recovered latent prints from the station wagon in 1976, said Detective Sgt. Ted Groszewski. A latent print could be a palm print or fingerprints.

    No one has used Hernandez's driver license, name or Social Security number in the 30 years since she vanished, he said.

    In 1993, sheriff's investigators reviewing cases of women killed in the eastern part of Los Angeles County looked at the Hernandez case.

    Detectives were trying to see if the same suspect was involved in the killings of a girl and three young women in the San Gabriel Valley in the late '70s.

    The suspect, Manuel Trinidad Cortez, is a former Valinda man serving time in Oregon for the rape and murder of two girls. Correspondence Cortez had with friends and acquaintances and a manuscript from a professor who had contact with him led an Oregon investigator in 1993 to believe the ex-Valley resident may be linked to murders in California.

    Cortez hasn't been arrested or charged with the local killings or with Hernandez's disappearance.

    This month, sheriff's investigators gave another look at the Glendora missing person case. Detectives said there were a number of killers operating in the Southland during that time period.

    Sheriff's homicide Sgt. Paul Mondry said they looked at the Hernandez case along with other cases.

    "There are things you can't discount. We're kind of re-examining if we overlooked anybody. We're examining possibilities," Mondry said.

    On Aug. 26, 1976, Hernandez went by herself to see "The Omen." Her boyfriend was sick with the flu and a friend she called had either already seen the horror movie or didn't want to go.

    Police said attendants didn't remember anyone matching Hernandez's description enter the theater, but Densham disputed that.

    She said some of the ushers recognized her daughter coming inside but no one saw her leave.

    When she woke up the next day at 5:30 a.m. to go to work, Densham's daughter still wasn't home. Her son, Morrie, and her then-boyfriend, Thomas Densham, started looking.

    They discovered the car Hernandez used, a 1963 white Chevrolet station wagon, backed into a parking space behind the theater at 211 N. Azusa Ave.

    Densham said Hernandez wouldn't abandon the car and preferred not to park like that.

    Five days after the disappearance, a woman who worked at the Fox theater had a run-in with a man as she left work. She didn't report the encounter to police at the time.

    The man said he was a photographer and wanted to take a picture of her, Groszewski said. He put his hand under her blouse.

    He also told her she didn't have a figure for modeling but had a figure for attracting men, the detective said.

    "He wanted to date her. The victim declined and drove away," Groszewski said.

    He said police haven't been able to make a solid connection between that incident and Hernandez's disappearance.

    Cindy Hernandez was the middle child in a family of three children. Like her siblings, she was a good singer. She sang alto in the school a cappella choir. She was also athletic, liked to dance and was active in church.

    Hernandez was a homebody who loved to cook. In eighth grade, she could make a baked Alaska and her own barbecue sauce. Her mother described her as very honest and naive.

    "Everybody loved her," Densham said.

    In the search for her daughter, she said they went to all the police departments in the San Gabriel Valley. Densham said they even had a parapsychologist from Lompoc drive down and they looked all over the Valley.

    People called her offering to find her daughter if she paid them.

    She said she misses her daughter and wants to know her final resting place.

    "I just would like to find where she is buried to give her a decent memorial service. We all want closure. To say good-bye and let her rest in peace," Densham said.

    When she disappeared, Hernandez had brown hair, brown eyes, stood 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 125 pounds. She had long fingernails with the bottom painted hot pink and the top painted maroon.

    She was last seen wearing gray knit pants, a black turtleneck sweater, a rust-colored sweater open in front and white platform shoes with cork soles. On her left ring finger she had a white metal "love knot" ring. On her right hand, she wore a Charter Oak High School class ring for the class of 1976. "CMH" is engraved inside the class ring. She also carried a brown purse of patchwork vinyl squares laced together on the edges.

    Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Glendora police at (626) 914-8250.

    ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com

    (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718

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    Bumping for Cynthia May Hernandez
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