EPPD need your help in solving a 40-year-old case

Monica Cortez
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 7:07pm

After 40 years one of the biggest cases for the El Paso police department remains unsolved.

We brought you a story last month about Susan Wilson who was murdered in her apartment in 1972, and now, a different unsolved case shows some similarities, which have detectives believing the same killer may be involved.

Detective Michael Aman, for the El Paso Police Department says the time frame of these murders and the way these girls were killed, may be linked to the same murderer.

One man who has lived in the same neighborhood where the victim was killed said he remembers coming home to red tape.

"We finally saw the police come by and they started roping the area and investigating what had happened. We found out later that night on the news that there been a tragedy there," said the neighbor, who wished to stay anonymous.

It happened here on Gilmore Street and Northloop, about 40 years ago.

"Her name was Lucy Leyva," said Detective Aman.

It was June 1973.

Lucy’s husband was out at work, while she was at home caring for their 2-year-old son.

It was a normal day for the Leyvas that is until her husband arrived home from work.

"He walked into his house the front door was locked, he used his key to get in and when he did, he found Lucy dead on the living room floor."

The unthinkable happened.

Lucy was murdered in her own home, and her 2-year-old son was in the back yard playing in their swing set.

"She was stabbed and strangled,” said Aman. “This case remains to this day unsolved."

Aman said a lot of work has gone into this case.

From going door to door to get neighbors stories, to even interviewing the only witness to this entire case.

"What makes this stand out on this one is that the 2-year-old boy who was present during the incident,” said Aman. “You know he could remember bits and pieces of it but he was 2 years old at the time so we could not provide any information that would lead us to the killer.”

Aman said there is limited evidence in this case, yet the key to this case, like many other cold cases will come down to one thing.

"There was a lot of work done along these lines it’s going to hinge on witnesses here," he said.

Aman said if there is anyone who may have heard of this case and who may have any information, he urges you to contact the police department.

The number you can reach him at is 564-7010.

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