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Nearly four decades after the bodies of two teenage cousins were found hours apart in the Northern California, authorities revealed on Tuesday, the cold case was solved with the help of the same technology that is used for the capture of the so-called “Golden State Killer.”
The Fremont Police department has announced that the Clifton Hudspeth, who is deceased, was identified as the suspect in the Dec. 20, 1982 double-murder of a 16-year-old Mary Jane Malatag, and her 16-year-old nephew, Jeffrey, Flores, Atup.
“It is the opinion of Hudspeth acted alone and was the only defendant in the case,” the sheriff’s office said. “A motive for the murder is not available at this time.”
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Officials said in a Dec. 20, 1982, a caller reported at about 6 a.m. that a body had been found in the vicinity of the intersection of Green Valley and the Scott’s Creek, the roads in the Downtown area, not far from the Milpitas border. Officers later identified the body as being a 16-year-old Jeffrey Flores, Atup, which officials said means “visible injuries” and was an apparent homicide victim.
About two-and-a-half hours later, a second call came in from a person down in the vicinity of the junction of Hunter’s Road and Mission Boulevard. Officers arrived and found a 16-year-old Mary Jane Malatag to death with a “visible injury,” in connection with a murder case.
Mary Jane Malatag, and her brother, Jeffrey, Flores, Atup, 16, were found dead hours apart on Dec. 20, 1982.
(Fremont Police Department)
“At first, it was not known whether the two homicides were related, but as the study progressed, two of the victims were identified as cousins and nephews,” said a police officer. It was learned that they had been together the previous night in Milpitas.”
The researchers said that the Atup has worked in the mountains of the Serra Theaters and Malatag it was in the cinema with some friends to wait for her nephew to work. As soon as the Atup to ditch the theater, the police, and said that he Malatag, and one of her friends went up to a 7-Eleven store in the North of Nobles Road, and bought some food to eat. The couple were last seen walking along the North of Nobles Road, at 12:35 pm in the direction of Atup is it in Horcajo Street, but never made it.
After what authorities described as an “in depth examination”, with multiple interviews, the case went cold until 1999, when the Fremont police department has decided to look into the matter again, if the DNA is still present in the investigation of a crime.
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“The defendant’s DNA was all over both crime scenes, and there was a man of resource,” That is. Jacob Blass of the Fremont Police department, told KTVU on Tuesday.
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After not being able to find a match in state, local, databases, and the case went cold until the end of 2018, when Blass, and took a fresh look at the case. Blass used to research genetic genealogy, a tool used to in order to help you to find the culprits and led authorities to the suspect in the Golden State Killer case.
“I was going to do the research on who has lived in the area at the time, that is, in the commission of a crime,” he told KTVU. What are the times for the similar crimes in the area.”
After an extended follow-up of the potential family line, that of the possible suspect,” police were able to identify and Hudspeth, as a defendant.
Clifton Hudspeth lived “relatively close” to where the teenagers had last been seen walking
(Fremont Police Department)
Hudspeth, who is 31-years-old in 1982, and lives in Milpitas, at the time of the murder and lived “relatively close” to where the teens had last been seen walking, the researchers said. Fremont police department, added that he has a “history of violence”, which is bank robberies, sexual assaults, and attempted murder.
As soon as the Hudspeth has been identified as a potential suspect, in this case, it was discovered that he had been dead since October of 1999. The police said that he died at the age of 48, as a result of a medical condition.
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In order to confirm the Hudspeth’s involvement in the murder, authorities obtained a search warrant and dug up his remains to be buried at a cemetery in Santa Clara county and to confirm his commitment to the company. The police said that the DNA evidence was collected from Hudspeth and by means of a DNA test, Hudspeth, was confirmed as the suspect of the murder.
“It is the opinion of Hudspeth may have been involved in other crimes in and around the time of the killings, police said. “He was well-known in the Arkansas and San Diego, in the months leading up to it.”
The family of Jeffrey Flores, Atup, and Mary Jane Malatag, said that they are “rated” by the department’s efforts, but asked for privacy at a “difficult time.”