SAN DIEGO -- Police released sketches of two suspects wanted in the kidnapping and murder of 3-week-old Eliza Delacruz, whose body was found in a dumpster Jan. 4 in Imperial Beach.
The deceased infant was dumped in a trash bin at a commercial strip mall in the 600 block of Palm Drive.
Eliza was kidnapped from her family’s home Jan. 3 on the 100 block of West 51st Street in Long Beach after three of her family members were shot and wounded by a male suspect who forced his way into their home.
Prior to the shooting, the female victim and Eliza exited a bus at Del Amo Boulevard and Long Beach Boulevard. As the victim, carrying Eliza, began to walk home, a black SUV with black rims pulled up next to her. The driver, a female suspect, stopped and asked about the victim’s baby. After a brief verbal exchange, the victim walked home.
The female suspect is described as African-America, approximately 40 years old, heavy set, with long dark curly black hair, wearing a pair of black designer sunglasses on her head.
The male suspect is described only as dark skinned Hispanic or African-American.
Police also released three surveillance videos. The first two videos show the black SUV following the bus on Long Beach Boulevard prior to the female victim disembarking. The third video shows the victim carrying Eliza while walking away from the bus. The black SUV is seen at the top right turning the corner in front of her.
“We don’t know why they were targeted. We found nothing in the background. The public has asked about gangs, narcotics – things of that nature. We have found nothing to indicate any of that in this investigation," said Lt. Lloyd Cox of the Long Beach Police Department.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors established a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons involved in the death of Eliza Delacruz. Long Beach Police urge anyone with information to call Long Beach Homicide Detectives at 562-570-7244 or Los Angeles Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.