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Murder Suspect Captured After Decades on the Run

North Carolina: In 1985 a housekeeper in North Hollywood discovered a murder victim wrapped in his bedding on the garage floor of his residence, appearing to be bludgeoned and strangled. The victim's vehicle was stolen and later recovered with forensic evidence.

Los Angeles Police Department detectives learned that victim was Barry Crane, a prominent Hollywood television director. He directed television shows such as: The Incredible Hulk, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Police Woman, Police Story, and The Streets of San Francisco, to name a few. Crane was also a world-class champion Bridge player who competed all over the country.

The case involving his murder went unsolved for several years. In 2006, and again in 2018, a Los Angeles Police Department detective from Robbery Homicide Division (RHD) requested that evidence be retested. In July 2018, RHD received a forensic match to Crane's suspected killer, Edwin Hiatt, who resided in North Carolina.

On March 8, 2019, RHD Detectives traveled to North Carolina and interviewed Hiatt. During the interview, Hiatt admitted to killing Barry Crane. RHD Detectives presented the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office who filed one count of murder against Hiatt and issued an arrest warrant. Today, the FBI Fugitive Task Force arrested Hiatt in North Carolina and he is pending extradition.


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Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Division are asking for the public's assistance in locating a 11-year-old missing runaway.

On May 7, 2019, Julio Contreras was last seen walking around in the 6300 block of La Brae Avenue near La Cienega Boulevard and La Tijera Boulevard.

His foster mother ordered him a ride shared vehicle for him to go to Audubon Middle School located in the 4100 block of 11th Avenue, Contreras never used the vehicle or went to school.
Contreras may be attempting to go to his biological mother's residence in the 5200 block of Repetto Street near East Los Angeles College.

Contreras is described as a 11-year-old male Hispanic, with black hair and brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs around 152 pounds. Contreras is bipolar and suffers from depression. He walks with a slight limp has curly hair that hangs over his face.

Julio Contreras

If you have seen or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Julio Contreras, please contact Pacific Division Watch Commander at (310) 482-6334. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.