Detectives in Santa Clara, California have reopened their investigation of the murder of a Rhode Island man that has baffled authorities for decades. The victim, Mathew Flores, had recently gotten out of the military and landed a job at the company Applied Materials. He was shot to death in 1994 in the parking lot of the company.
Santa Clara Police Chief Michael Sellars says detectives were never able to find a motive in the killing.
“He was on his 10th day of training at Applied Materials and pulled into the parking lot at I think I it was 8:14 in the morning and somebody murdered him with one shot to the back of his head,” said Sellars.
Sellars said it happened out of sight of any security cameras, so he’s asking the public for help.
“It is extremely important,” said Sellars. “There has got to be someone out there either here locally or over back in Rhode Island or on the East Coast that can have some valuable information that will help our detectives solve this case.”
Since 1994, the company Applied Materials has twice issued at $100,000 reward, but the case was never solved. The company has again re-issued the reward and police say they are back on the case. Mathew Flores has a mother and stepfather in Rhode Island who urged the authorities to re-open the investigation.