San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

9621 Ridgehaven Court • San Diego, CA 92123

Cold Case Homicide

Bertha Popoca

Victim:Bertha Popoca

Crime Date:February 27, 1990

Location:1100 Juliette Place, Fallbrook


The San Diego County Sheriff’s Homicide Detail is asking the public’s help to find the person or persons responsible for the death of 52-year-old Bertha Popoca found dead in her home more than 22 years ago.

On the afternoon of February 27, 1990, the victim’s son went to his mother’s house to check on her welfare since the victim’s family and friends had not been able to contact Bertha in the last few days. When the son entered the home he found the victim dead in the living room.

Sheriff’s deputies made an initial determination at the scene that Bertha Popoca’s death was a homicide. Cold Case detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the murder of Bertha Popoca, but detectives still need the public’s help to identify the suspect or suspects.

Anyone with information of the person/persons responsible for this crime is asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Unit.

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