CA CA - Helena Dobiesz, 55, Seal Beach, 15 February 1998

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  1. Ambercat

    Ambercat New Member

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    I was going through the files on my computer last night and found an article about murder and attempted murder that took place on the early morning of February 15, 1998 in Los Angeles County and Orange County, CA.

    The first two shootings occurred in the around 12:15 am on February 15, when shots entered two homes near Moody Street and Yorkshire Drive in Cypress, California. No one was injured.

    About 20 minutes later, motorist Melody Spicer, 47, was shot in the back while traveling south on a transition road from the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway to the Artesia Freeway in Cerritos. Spicer was able to pull over and use a call box to phone police. She was severely injured, but I believe that she survived.

    About 40 minutes later, Helena Joyce Dobiesz, 55, of Long Beach was mortally wounded on the 7th Street off-ramp from the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway in Seal Beach (this is near where the 22, 405, and 605 Freeways come together. Coincidentally, serial killer Randy Kraft dumped a number of his victims near here in the 1970s and early 1980s). Police found Dobiesz with a gunshot wound to her head and rushed her to St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach. She died later that day.

    According to LE, both Melody Spicer and Helena Dobiesz drove white cars, according to police reports.

    LE confirmed through ballistics that the shootings were linked and all of the bullets came from the same handgun. At the time in 1998, police didn’t have a motive for the shootings and believed a driver and a passenger were involved.

    I remembered when this happened because, at the time, I lived really close to where the 405, 605, and 22 came together in Long Beach. I also drove a white car. Does anyone know if Ms. Dobiesz murder has been solved? I tried to do a web search last night and found a lot of articles when it happened, but couldn’t find anything about it being solved.

    http://articles.latimes.com/1998/feb/16/local/me-19729
    http://articles.latimes.com/1998/may/03/local/me-45913
     
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  3. Ambercat

    Ambercat New Member

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    I am not sure how common (hopefully not the right word) shootings on freeways are, but I came across this unsolved case in Las Vegas, NV of a young man, Ronald Sanchez, who was also driving a white car and shot to death on a freeway (US 95) in 1997.
    http://www.lvmpd.com/bureaus/homicide_coldcases90.html

     
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