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Santa Clara Cold Case: Christopher F. DePasquale, 1981

Christopher F. DePasquale, Cold Case # 81-5582

On Wednesday morning April 1, 1981, the body of Christopher F. DePasquale was found at his apartment located at 440 N. Winchester Blvd., Santa Clara — the old Plumtree Apartments.

DePasquale had been shot and was deceased. His body was found in the kitchen.


Based on available information it appears DePasquale was murdered sometime between Monday evening, March 30, 1981 and the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 1, 1981.

DePasquale had worked for AMD in Sunnyvale at the time of his death and was a graduate of Santa Clara University in 1978. DePasquale drove a 1971 blue Ford Galaxy.


About Santa Clara’s Cold Cases

The Santa Clara Police Department’s Investigations Division is committed to investigating all crimes, including Cold Cases. The Santa Clara Police Department hopes that re-publicizing Cold Cases gives a voice to those who can no longer speak for themselves, with an ultimate goal of giving answers and a sense of closure to their loved ones.

A Cold Case is a crime, accident or missing person case that has gone unsolved. While each case is unique, most of these cases have gone unsolved for years and there are no active leads for investigators to pursue. If, however, new information emerges, the Santa Clara Police will thoroughly re-examine the case with fresh leads and new forensic technology.

With regular visibility, a suspect may also confess to the crime.

A Cold Case remains open until it is solved. The information you provide could be the missing link that solves the case.

Did You Witness This Crime? Stay anonymous and submit your crime tips using the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers mobile app P3TIPS, online at or by calling (408) 947-STOP. If your tip leads to an arrest, you are eligible for a cash reward.

The information you provide could be the missing link that solves the case. Case details can be found at


1 Comment
  1. Jeff Record 8 months ago

    This picture of him doesn’t look like it matches the other photographs of him.
    Unless his physical appearance changed from the photograph in his 1980 driver’s license it appears these are two separate people in the photos as shown here: Is it possible to learn what evidence there was collected at the time?
    Surely there must have been some leads.

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