Cold Case Profile: Murders at Torrey Pines State Beach 1978 and 1984

 

 

 

 

Victim:

Barbara Nantais
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Victims:Barbara Nantais, 15Date:August 13, 1978Address: Torrey Pines State Beach
Synopsis:On the morning of August 13, 1978, police officers responded to Torrey Pines State Beach where passers-by found the body of 15-year-old Barbara Nantais lying on the sand.  Nantais had been strangled and beaten to death, and one of her breasts had been severed.  Nantais’ boyfriend, with whom she had gone to the beach the night before, was also discovered nearby suffering from a severe head wound that left him semi-conscious and with no memory of the attack.  The evidence at the scene suggested that an unknown suspect attacked Nantais and her boyfriend while they were lying together on the beach.Although this case and the case of Claire Hough (August 24, 1984) occurred six years apart, similarities in the cases suggest both were committed by the same perpetrator

Victim:

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Victim:Claire HoughDate:August 24, 1984Address: Torrey Pines State Beach
Synopsis:On the morning of August 24, 1984, police officers responded to Torrey Pines State Beach, where passerbys found the body of 14-year-old Claire Hough.  Hough had been beaten, strangled and stabbed, and one of her breasts had been severed.  Hough had been staying with her grandparents at their home, which was within walking distance of the beach where she was found.  She had apparently left the home at night without her grandparent’s knowledge, possibly to go for a walk on the beach or join up with friends.  The evidence suggested that an unknown suspect attacked Hough while she was at the beach.Although this case and the case of Barbara Nantais occurred six years apart, similarities in the cases suggest both were committed by the same perpetrator.
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