Monday, March 2, 1998

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS OFFERS REWARD IN MURDER OF CORRECTIONAL OFFICER

The California Department of Corrections is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder last month of Correctional Officer Elizabeth Begaren.

Officer Begaren was found shot to death on the East Street on-ramp to eastbound 91 freeway in Anaheim about 11:00 p.m. on January 17. Just prior to the shooting, Officer Begaren was in a car with her husband, Nuzzio Begaren. His 10-year old daughter was also a passenger in the car.

Detectives are asking for information from anyone who might have seen suspicious activity such as people arguing in a vehicle, a vehicle stopped at the side of the road, or one vehicle chasing another vehicle.

Officer Begaren had been employed by the Department of Corrections for nine years and was currently assigned to California State Prison, Los Angeles County in Lancaster.

The Anaheim Police Department is looking for any information that might lead them to suspects in the case. Anyone with information in the case should contact Detective Fred Pittington at (714) 765-1582.