Authorities seek help in finding suspect who kidnapped and killed infant

IMPERIAL BEACH (CNS) – Authorities called on the public for help Monday in tracking down the man who kidnapped and killed a 3-week-old girl after shooting and wounding her parents and uncle in North Long Beach in Los Angeles County.

The body of Eliza Delacruz was found Sunday afternoon in a dumpster at a commercial strip mall in the 600 block of Palm Drive in Imperial Beach, said Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Marlene Arrona. San Diego County authorities said the body was found shortly before 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Long Beach police were notified of the discovery around 4:30 p.m., she said.

Detectives traveled to San Diego to confer with authorities and the San Diego Medical Examiner confirmed the deceased infant was the one who had been kidnapped.

“The suspect who committed these horrific crimes remains outstanding,” Arrona said. “No one has come forward with information.” The gunman was described only as Hispanic or black, with dark skin.

“Long Beach police will continue to aggressively investigate and pursue any lead to locate the suspect,” Arrona said.”No motive for the heinous crimes has been determined.” However, police said the shooting was not believed to have been a random act.

Investigators believe the gunman took the 10-pound infant from a home in the 100 block of West 51st Street after the shooting on Saturday.

Officers found the shooting victims after being dispatched in response to reports of gunfire about 5:50 p.m. Saturday, Arrona said.

“Two victims remain in critical but stable condition at local hospitals. The third victim has been treated and released,” she said.

The two wounded men are brothers, she said.

Anyone with information about the case was urged to call Long Beach homicide detectives Donald Goodman and Mark Mattia at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips can be provided by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

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