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Norwalk police seek help solving 1982 cold case

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Leonardo De La Vega. (Norwalk police photo) Leonardo De La Vega. (Norwalk police photo)

Norwalk police made a push to the public on Monday to help solve a cold case from 1982.

Police said Leonardo "Leo" De La Vega of Milford was found dead at the St. Mary's Cemetery near Board Street on Feb. 10, 1982.

He was identified through fingerprints.

Police said he had been killed by multiple gunshot wounds.

His wife reportedly told police "I knew it, I knew they were going to kill him. I know who did it."

She provided two suspect names to detectives and revealed that her husband dealt cocaine. She said he may have owed thousands of dollars to his supplier.

The investigation into the two suspects produced a third suspect who had been operating De La Vega's Chevy Chevette in Bridgeport on the night the victim was last seen.

Police said they believed that the third suspect was the man who "fronted" cocaine to De La Vega and may have been the one to whom money was owed.

However, detectives couldn't produce sufficient probable cause for an arrest warrant.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Norwalk Police Department at 203-854-3028, online at or through an anonymous text tip by typing "NPD" into the text field, followed by the message and sending it to CRIMES (274637).

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