Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
October 15, 2007
BROTHER CHARGED WITH 1987 COLD CASE
MURDER OF HIS 9-YEAR-OLD SISTER
On June 3, 1987, third-grader Patricia Lopez went missing from her elementary school in
The case remained unsolved until the Santa Ana Police Department re-examined the case and tested evidence from the scene using forensic technology not available in 1987. Rosendo Lopez was linked to the crime through DNA.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Larry Yellin of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.