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San Bernardino County DA's Office Announces Arrest In 1976 Cold Case Murder

SAN BERNARDINO (  —   The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office has announced the arrest of a suspect in a murder that took place in 1976.

Larry James Allred, now 61, has been charged with the murder of then 19-year-old Cynthia May Hernandez.

The DA said that Hernandez left  her home on the evening of August 26, 1976 to catch a movie at the Fox Twin Theaters in Covina.

Hernandez, a recent graduate of Charter Oak High School, never came home.

The next morning, her family located her unoccupied vehicle in the theater parking lot. They immediately filed a missing person's report with the Glendora Police Department.

Nearly 40 years after her disappearance, a suspect has been formally charged in connection with her murder.

"Thanks to great investigative work of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and the Glendora Police Department, we were able to identify the suspect who murdered young Cynthia forty years ago," said DA Mike Ramos.

This case will be assigned for prosecution to Deputy DA Denise Yoakum, assigned to the Cold Case Unit.

Allred is currently serving eight years at the California Institution for Men in Chino on unrelated charges, officials said.

Since this is an ongoing investigation, no further details will be released, the DA said.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Detective Patty Ruiz or Sergeant Greg Myler at (909) 387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at



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