$30,000 Reward Offered in Murder of Woman

Sheriff's deputies in the Firestone, Lynwood and Carson areas handed out flyers Wednesday announcing a reward of up to $30,000 for information on the murder of a woman abducted at a drive-in theater last month.

The Board of Supervisors authorized a $10,000 reward Dec. 19 and on Tuesday they voted to accept additional money from private donors for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Irene Franco's killer.

Franco, 20, was kidnaped with her date, Jesus Martinez, 26, Dec. 15, from the South Bay 6 Drive-In by three armed men who tied them up and drove them to an industrial area north of Carson. They beat Martinez and dumped him, and Franco's body was found the next morning in a South Los Angeles field. The car was abandoned and burned near Watts.

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