Investigation Discovery’s Paula Zahn probes cold case involving San Bernardino Mountains, Glendora
By Staff report
The 1976 murder of 18-year-old Cynthia May Hernandez, a Glendora woman who was found decades later buried in the San Bernardino Mountains, and the case against her killer will be featured Sunday evening on the Investigation Discovery channel.
Hernandez left her home on Aug. 26, 1976, to catch a movie alone at the Fox Twin Theaters in Covina, according to a news release from the San Bernardino County District Attorney. But Hernandez, a recent Charter Oak High School graduate, never returned home.
The next morning, the young woman’s family found her 1963 Chervolet station wagon in the theater’s parking lot. Fearing for her safety, they filed a missing person’s report with Glendora Police Department.
Larry James Allred, 61, was charged in connection with her death in 2014 and later sentenced to 7 years to life in state prison.
The case will be featured on “On the Case with Paula Zahn” at 10 p.m. Sunday on Investigation Discovery, according to the news release.
The show will highlight the efforts of the Glendora Police Department, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office to investigate the case that eventually led to Allred’s conviction.
Authorities say Allred, who lived in Hacienda Heights in 1976, pulled up next to Hernandez in the movie theater parking lot. He had a knife and forced her into the back of the pickup.
Allred told authorities that he put the knife down to tie up Hernandez, and she fought back. He panicked and strangled her.
He buried the woman’s body in a shallow grave in Twin Peaks, across the road from his family’s cabin.
This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Denise Yoakum, who is assigned to the District Attorney’s Cold Case Unit. After Allred’s sentencing in 2016, she described her motivation for never giving up on the case.
“For forty […]