Cold case murder that saw banker beaten to death inside his home 40 years ago solved thanks to vital clue

A COLD case murder that saw a banker beaten to death 40 years ago has finally been solved thanks to a vital clue.

David Evans, 57, was brutally murdered at his home in Claremont, California, on October 13, 1985.

His lifeless body was found by cops after neighbors called to report a possible burglary.

A post-mortem found David, who worked a vice president at a bank and a former school superintendent, died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Cops launched a murder probe, but the investigation had few leads and no suspects were identified.

"The case eventually went cold," Lieutenant Hugo Reynaga, from the LA County Sheriff's Department, told reporters.

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But in 2006, detectives were able to re-examine evidence found at the crime scene using new forensic technology.

The fresh lead led to the identification of Hillery Marcus Dupleasis as a person of interest in the case.

But over the next several years, the ongoing investigation failed to further implicate Dupleasis in the case.

Detectives were also unable to establish Dupleasis lived in California at the time of the murder.

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But in 2020, Detectives Shaun McCarthy and Bill Marsh reinvestigated the case with the help of the LA County Sheriff’s Department Scientific Services Bureau.

And they were finally able to crack the case by linking Dupleasis to the murder of David Evans and identifying him as the prime suspect.

The detectives found Dupleasis lived in the San Gabriel Valley at the time of the murder – and they were able to link him to David's 1980 Chevrolet Monza that was stolen after his murder and abandoned two hours later.

Dupleasis is currently behind bars in a New York State Prison for another murder. He will be eligible for parole in 2033.

But on May 2 this year, first degree murder charges were filed against Dupleasis by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Lieutenant Hugo Reynaga said: "We're very happy this case is being solved.

"It's a 36-year-old case and in 2020, had we not got a phone call from a Claremont detective, this case would probably still be a cold case.

"Until he brought this case up to us, we were thinking that this case was a dead end."

Detective Shawn McCarthy described David as "highly successful and highly educated".

"A pillar of the community, liked by everybody," he said.

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said: "It is never too late to provide information that will assist detectives solve a case.

"If someone knows something about a crime, please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500."

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