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25 Year Old Riverside County Cold Case Solved
September 30, 2017
RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – On Monday, July 6, 1992, Clyde Gregory Hayward 41 years old, of Palm Desert, was reported missing by his girlfriend who said she had last seen him the afternoon of July 3, 1992, when they made plans to see each other later that evening. Hayward did not show up for their date and was never seen again. On July 19, 1992, Hayward’s truck was located abandoned on Highway 95, just north of mile marker number 26. Evidence of a shooting and dried blood were located nearby.
Hayward’s girlfriend believed that her employer may have had something to do with Hayward’s disappearance. This belief was because her employer had asked her to marry him, before Hayward went missing, and she had declined his request. Her employer was also aware of her relationship with Hayward.
The case went cold shortly thereafter until May 20, 2014, when human remains, originally found buried in a streambed in Clark County, Nevada, in February of 1993, were positively identified, through DNA, as those belonging to Clyde Gregory Hayward.
In 2014, Central Homicide Unit Cold Case Investigators re-opened the case and submitted numerous items of evidence collected from the original investigation to a private, federally certified, laboratory for DNA analysis. Additionally, all fingerprint evidence collected in the original investigation was resubmitted to CAL-ID, for comparison to all known prints in the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).
By 2016, investigators learned that fingerprint evidence as well as DNA analysis from several cigarette butts collected at the scene of Hayward’s abandoned truck, matched a Russell Huber, now 59-years-old, of Las Vegas, an individual with close ties to Hayward’s girlfriend’s employer at the time he went missing.
In December of 2016, investigators from the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit presented their findings to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office seeking charges of murder against Russell Huber. Investigators from both offices began re-interviewing original witnesses and associates of all parties involved. They visited the locations where Hayward’s body and truck were located and travelled to Oroville, California where records indicated Russell Huber was now living.
In February of 2017, Russell Huber was arrested for the murder of Clyde Gregory Hayward. Russell Huber has since been held to answer, by the court, for murder, lying in wait and special circumstances while in the commission of a felony. He remains in the custody of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact Investigator Jennifer Cole of the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777, or Investigator Ryan Bodmer of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation at (951) 955-5400.
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