Nearly four decades after the bodies of 2 teenage cousins were found hours apart in Northern California, authorities exposed Tuesday the cold case has actually been resolved using the exact same technology used to catch the alleged “ Golden State Killer“
The Fremont Authorities Department revealed that Clifton Hudspeth, who is deceased, has been determined as the suspect in the Dec. 20, 1982 double murder of 16- year-old Mary Jane Malatag and her 16- year-old cousin, Jeffrey Flores Atup.
” It is thought Hudspeth acted alone and is the only suspect in this case,” the constable’s workplace stated. “A motive for the murders is not available at this time.”
Officials stated on Dec. 20, 1982, a caller reported around 6 a.m. that a body was found near the intersection of Green Valley and Scott Creek roadways in Fremont, not far from the Milpitas border. Officers later identified the body as 16- year-old Jeffrey Flores Atup, who authorities stated “noticeable injuries” and was an obvious homicide victim.
Around 2 and a half hours later, a second call can be found in of a person down near the intersection of Hunter Roadway and Mission Boulevard. Officers got here and found 16- year-old Mary Jane Malatag dead with “noticeable injuries” related to homicide.
Mary Jane Malatag and her cousin, Jeffrey Flores Atup, both 16, were discovered dead hours apart on Dec. 20,1982
( Fremont Authorities Department)
” Initially, it was unidentified if the 2 murders were associated, however as the examination advanced the two victims were identified as being cousins,” authorities said “It was also learned they had actually been together the prior night in Milpitas.”
Detectives said that Atup worked at the Serra Theaters and Malatag was at the cinema with some buddies, awaiting her cousin to leave work. Once Atup closed up the theater, police stated that he, Malatag and one of her friends strolled to a 7-Eleven store off North Abel Road and bought some food. The pair were last seen strolling along North Abel Roadway at 12: 35 a.m. towards Atup’s house on Horcajo Street, but never ever made it.
After what authorities explained as an “extensive investigation” with multiple interviews, the case went cold up until 1999, when Fremont authorities decided to take a look at the case once again as DNA was becoming more common in examining criminal activities.
” The suspect’s DNA was all over both criminal offense scenes and there was a sole male source,” Det. Jacob Blass of the Fremont Cops Department informed KTVU on Tuesday.
After being unable to discover a match in state and regional databases, the case as soon as again went cold up until 2018 when Blass took a new look at the case. Blass used investigative hereditary genealogy, a new tool utilized to help find perpetrators and led authorities to the suspect in the Golden State Killer case
” We began researching on who was living in the location at the time, who was committing crimes,” he told KTVU. “What times of similar criminal offenses are going on in the area.”
After an “comprehensive follow-up into the possible familial line of the potential suspect,” cops were able to identify Hudspeth as a suspect.
Clifton Hudspeth lived “reasonably close” to where the teens had last been seen walking.
( Fremont Cops Department)
Hudspeth, who was 31 years old in 1982, lived in Milpitas at the time of the murders and lived “reasonably close” to where the teens had actually last been seen walking, detectives stated. Fremont cops added that he had a “history of violence” that included bank robberies, sexual assaults, and attempted homicide.
As soon as Hudspeth was recognized as a possible suspect in this case, it was found he had been dead because October1999 Cops stated he passed away at the age of 48 as the outcome of a medical condition.
To validate Hudspeth’s involvement in the murders, authorities obtained a search warrant and exhumed his remains buried at a cemetery in Santa Clara to validate his participation. Authorities said DNA evidence was extracted from Hudspeth’s remains and through DNA testing, Hudspeth was validated as the suspect in the murders.
” It’s thought Hudspeth might have been involved in other criminal offenses around the time of these murders, cops said.” He was known to be in Arkansas and San Diego in the months preceding.”
The households of Jeffrey Flores Atup and Mary Jane Malatag said they were “pleased” of the department’s efforts, but requested for personal privacy throughout a “challenging time.”