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Investigators seek public's help in nearly 40 year old murder case

Investigators seek public's help in nearly 40 year old murder case

UNIVERSAL CITY -- It's been nearly forty years since 23-year-old Yolanda Herrera's nude body was discovered in a field in Universal City.

"It's the oldest unsolved crime that we have in the city, and we've been actively working this case over the years trying to get it solved, " said Lt. Steve Mihalski with the Universal City Police Department.

Hererra was last seen around 2:30 a.m. back on April 11th, 1981. Investigators say she was leaving a bar where she worked called Johnny's Inn in Universal City.

Herrera was walking home alone but never made it. Her body was discovered two days later in a field near the 500 block of East Aviation Drive.

"Two young boys that were walking to school discovered her body, she was in the field completely nude. She was several feet off of the roadway into the field where she couldn't be seen by passing motorist, " added Mihalski.

Investigators believe Herrera was sexually assaulted prior to her death. Universal City police have been working hand in hand with the Texas Rangers on the case.

Investigators say DNA samples have been taken from multiple people.

"We do have DNA evidence that we can compare to, so we're still looking. The person that's out there, when we find their DNA we're gonna know who that person is, " said Mihalski.

Mihalski went on to say everyone that has been brought to their attention on this case has been ruled out.

Right now investigators are reaching out to the public to help catch Hererra's killer.

"We're at the point where we're relying on the public, " said Mihalski.

Herrera is currently being featured on the Texas Department of Public Safety's website under the Texas Rangers Cold Case section. A three thousand dollar reward is also being offered for information leading to an arrest.

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