January 23, 2024

Supervisor Hahn and LASD Seek Public’s Help in solving 1967 Murder of Huntington Park Police Officer

$20,000 reward offered for information about the cold case

Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department are seeking the public’s help in solving the fifty-seven-year cold case murder of Huntington Park Police Officer Robert Keller.

“The murder of Officer Robert Keller continues to be painful for the Huntington Park community and his family,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “This many years later, we hold out hope that we can solve this case and provide some sense of closure to Officer Keller’s family. I urge anyone with any information about this murder to share what they know with our Sheriff’s detectives.”

On October 5, 1967, Officer Keller was dispatched to the “Wonder Shop,” a business at 6509 Pacific Blvd. in Huntington Park, to investigate a “silent” burglar alarm call. He confronted the armed burglary suspect inside the location. Officer Keller, who exchanged gunfire with the suspect, suffered gunshot wounds in the gun battle and succumbed to his injuries.

While Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau detectives and officers of the Huntington Park Police Department conducted a rigorous investigation at the time of the murder, the crime has remained unsolved. The case is currently being investigated by the Unsolved Unit using the latest scientific methods and technologies.

“The City of Huntington Park thanks the office of Supervisor Hahn and the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department for the continued support to unravel this infamous crime,” said Huntington Park Mayor Marilyn Sanabria. “We are grateful for the proposed motion to bring additional resources to help solving this case.”

Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a motion by Supervisor Janice Hahn reestablishing a reward for $20,000 for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the heinous murder of Officer Robert Keller.

Anyone with information is urged to call Lieutenant Joseph Purcell of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5565, or the Los Angeles Regional Crimestoppers Hotline at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

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