Eliza Delacruz
This is an undated photo Eliza Delacruz. Photo courtesy of the Long Beach Police Department

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors renewed a $25,000 reward Tuesday for information leading to the assailants who shot members of a Long Beach family before kidnapping their 3-week-old daughter and leaving the infant’s body in a San Diego County trash bin.

The board also offered a $25,000 reward in connection with a fatal March hit-and-run in Maywood and renewed a reward for information on the 2013 killing of a man whose body was found on the Altadena Crest Trail.

The abduction of 3-week-old Eliza De La Cruz and the shootings of her parents and uncle in northern Long Beach occurred about 5:50 p.m. Jan. 3 at the family’s home in the 100 block of West 51st Street. The infant’s body was found the following afternoon in a trash bin at a commercial strip mall in Imperial Beach.

Her family members survived the shooting.

Police said Eliza’s mother was walking home with her infant daughter from a bus stop, about 90 minutes before the shooting, when a woman in a black SUV pulled up next to them and asked about her baby.

Long Beach police have released composite drawings of the woman and the gunman, as well as security video showing the SUV — possibly a 2006 to 2011 Range Rover — following the victims’ bus.

Police believe the family was targeted in the shooting.

Anyone with more information was urged to call Long Beach homicide detectives Donald Goodman and Mark Mattia at (562) 570-7244 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

Meanwhile, Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the person responsible for the fatal hit-and-run death of 43-year-old Mariela Padilla.

About 5:20 a.m. March 14, Padilla had just parked and gotten out of her car in front of her mother’s home on Randolph Street near Palm Avenue in Maywood when a dark-colored pickup — possibly a 2007-2010 Dodge Ram — struck her.

Padilla — whom Solis called a “loving, deeply religious and innocent soul” — died at the scene. The one witness present has not been able to lead law enforcement to the driver of the truck, who sped away from the scene.

Police say the pickup should have damage to the right front headlight area and asked anyone with more information to call sheriff’s Detective Jimmy Yee at (323) 981-5014.

Supervisor Michael Antonovich recommended extending the $20,000 reward for information leading to whoever killed 26-year-old Marcus Nieto, whose body was discovered on a horse trail by two riders on Feb. 16, 2013.

Nieto was last seen alive the day before.

The coroner’s office, which ruled the death a homicide, has not revealed the cause of death. Law enforcement officials have placed a security hold on the case.

Anyone with more information was asked to call sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Gray or Detective David Gunner at (323) 890-5500.

City News Service

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