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FOR ULTRERAS DOUBLE HOMICIDE
$100,000 Reward Total from County, City One of Largest in L.A. History
LOS ANGELES (February 3, 2009)—Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina and her colleagues announced the renewal of a $25,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the double homicide of Veronica Ultreras and her three-year-old daughter Cynthia.
On Saturday, January 2, 1993, the two were strangled in their Highland Park duplex located at 848 North Avenue 50. The perpetrator—who remains at large—then set the family’s Christmas tree on fire while Veronica Ultreras, a 22-year-old kindergarten teacher’s aide, lay unconscious in the burning living room. Her daughter Cynthia’s body was later found submerged in the bathtub. Ultreras’ husband, Rodolfo “Rudy” Ultreras, was at work when the crime occurred.
The Board of Supervisors initially established this $25,000 reward at their August 3, 2004 meeting. Simultaneously, Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Reyes announced a $75,000 reward, bringing the reward total to $100,000 and making it one of the largest in Los Angeles history. (The county’s reward was renewed in August 2005 and again in January 2007.)
“We simply will not give up hope that this reward will compel someone to step forward with information that could lead to an arrest,” Molina said. “Veronica’s family deserves justice and closure. It is long overdue but we remain determined.”
Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Los Angeles Police Department’s 24-hour anonymous tip hotline at (877) 529-3855.