Investigators hope to solve 40-year-old murder of cabby

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SPRING VALLEY, Calif. — Sheriff’s homicide investigators called again Thursday for information that could lead them to a suspect in the fatal shooting of a cab driver in Spring Valley more than 40 years ago.

Larry Hargis, a Yellow Cab Company driver, was found dead in a field in the 800 block of Galopago Street near St. George Street on June 25, 1970, according to a sheriff’s department statement. His taxi and wallet were missing.

The last contact Hargis had with the cab company was hours before his body was found. He radioed a dispatcher and said he was driving a customer from 11th and C streets in San Diego to Spring Valley, sheriff’s officials said.

Hargis’ cab was later found abandoned in San Diego, on 16th Street near B Street, sheriff’s officials said.

Sheriff’s investigators said robbery was a possible motive in the killing, but a suspect has not been identified.

Anyone with information regarding Hargis’ death was asked to call the sheriff’s department’s Homicide Detail at 858-974-2321, or to contact Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or via email at


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