Cathy Torrez was a bright 20-year-old Cal State Fullerton honors student who vanished one night in 1994. She was found dead a week later. Her case went cold for two decades, until her ex-boyfriend, Samuel Agustin Lopez, was arrested and convicted of her stabbing death. At age 43, Lopez was sentenced to 26 years in prison earlier this year, according to KTLA.
The Cathy Torrez murder case made headlines on February 12, 1994, just after the teen was reported missing. Family members told investigators that Cathy was last seen at her place of employment, located at 150 E. Yorba Linda Blvd. Coworkers at the Sav On Drug store stated that Cathy had plans to meet her ex-boyfriend, Samuel Augustin Lopez, after work.
Investigators tried desperately to find her, but had no success at first. Cathy Torrez’ mother was convinced that if police could find the missing girl’s car, they would find Cathy. As the Torrez family prepared to pass out fliers and search for her, an officer arrived at the home to tell them that her car had been found in a hospital parking lot, and her body was inside.
An autopsy report concluded that poor Cathy Torrez was stabbed multiple times, including in the head, face, and upper body. Her throat had also been cut.
In the tragic days after the discovery of her body, close friends and relatives struggled to find out what may have happened to her. With no evidence, the case went cold for the next 20 years.