they heard Sunny Adrianne Sudweeks was found strangled to death on her
bed in her Mission Street apartment the morning of Feb. 23, 1997.
It just didn't make any sense. Who would do such a thing?
Almost exactly five years later, that question remains unanswered. The
Costa Mesa Police Department still offers a $5,000 reward for information
leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer.
But police have received no leads or information that has been of any
Sudweeks' family is not the only one that yearns for some sense of
closure. Costa Mesa Police detectives have 23 so-called "cold" cases in
hand -- unsolved murders that are missing one, a few or most pieces of
Newport Beach has six unsolved homicide cases to date, the earliest
one dating back to the murder of 11-year-old Linda Ann O'Keefe, a student
at Lincoln Intermediate School in Corona del Mar. O'Keefe disappeared
July 6, 1973. A bicyclist found her strangled the next morning in a ditch
by Back Bay Road.
The oldest one in Costa Mesa dates back to 1970, said Det. Sgt. Jack
Homicide cases are never closed because of the seriousness of the
crime and also because there is no statute of limitations on such cases,
"Families and friends never forget about it," Archer said. "So the
police should not forget about it either. It's our responsibility to
bring these killers to justice."
Of the 23 cold cases, police have suspects in three, or at least have
arrest warrants out in three cases. One of those warrants is for Victor
Garcia, the 17-year-old suspected of being involved in the murder of
16-year-old Ceceline Godsoe.
Godsoe was found bludgeoned to death during the wee hours of Sept. 21,
2001, on a brush-covered trail in Fairview Park. Witnesses told police
Godsoe met Garcia at the park the night of Sept. 20.
On Thursday, the film crew of America's Most Wanted worked with Costa
Mesa police officers to prepare a documentary on the case.
"We contacted them in October because we felt it may help us get
closer to [Garcia] or at least get some leads," Archer said.
He said investigators received information from a few sources that