Murder Clipping from Oxnard Press Courier, Mon, Feb 23, 1970.

Clipped from US, California, Oxnard, Oxnard Press Courier, February 23, 1970

VOLUME 33 NUMBER 238—16 PAGES★OXNARD, CALIFORNIA, MONDAY. FEBRUARY 23. 1970SINGLE COPY 10c—FOR HOME DELIVERY PHONF. 483 1101-* y. lt;. / v ,... AJOHN F. HOOD Found slain with fianceeVictims Bodies Found on Beach Man Was Decorated VeteranBv JOHN CROWEwThe brutally stabbed and beaten bodies of a highly decorated Vietnam veteran from Oxnard and his attractive financee were discovered Sunday on an east side Santa Barbara beach just below a cemetery.Police identified the victims as John Franklin Hood, 24. who was discharged from the Army last month with the rank of staff sergeant after a combat-filled year in Vietnam, and Sandra Garcia. 20, of Santa Barbara.Karly-morning beachgoers discovered the fully-clothed bodiesunder a blanket and hailed a passing patrolman. Police immediately closed off the area and later gave some brief details. However, they did not release some information for what they termed was a “good reason.”Detectives have questioned relatives and friends of the victims in an effort to trace the steps that led them to that beach. ,“Frank was a very quiet, upright person,’’ said a family friend. Deputy Marshal Les Buzzelle of Camarillo. “The family is mystified as to how he could be the victim of such a vicious attack.-’Young Hood had been residing with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hood of 460 Helsam Ave., and left there early Saturday morning in a car borrowed from his sister, Mrs. Linda Jean Ortiz.Early in the afternoon, Hood and his fiancee packed up some food and a blanket and headed for the beach. Police later found the borrowed car near the beach and impounded it.When Hood did not return home Saturday night, his parents called Buzzelle. The deaths were reported to the Hood family Sunday morning(See Decorated. Page J)