The Merced Police Department on Tuesday asked for the public’s help with on several cold cases, including two that are more than a decade old.
Due to advancements in technology and new information, three cases have been re-opened and examined, police said in a statement.
Officers responded to the corner of Meadows and West Olive avenues at about 10:30 p.m. Oct. 3, 2003, and found Ismael Alcaraz, 18, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was later pronounced dead, and no suspect was ever identified.
Detectives have collected a photo of a man in a red T-shirt who may be connected to the case, police said. He has yet to be identified.
Police said the man may also be connected to a second homicide the next day. At about 8:10 p.m. the following day, Francisco Javier Huerta, 19, was shot near Club Mercedes on Ninth Street, police said. Huerta later succumbed to his wounds.
A separate cold case involved the shooting death of two Merced men.
Alberto Narvaez, 23, and Miguel Narvaez, 27, were killed about 6:20 p.m. May 23, 2013, while standing in the front yard of a home near 12th and S streets in south Merced, police reported. One of the two men died at the scene, while his brother died while being transported to a medical helicopter, according to police.
After following leads and speaking with witnesses, detectives have not identified a suspect, police said. Detectives are asking for the public to come forward if they have information on the car and possible suspect seen in a surveillance photo.