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Police Officer Michael Lee Edwards

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, May 11, 1974

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Reflections for Police Officer Michael Lee Edwards

Mike,
You haven't been forgotten. There is some news coming out next week from a LAPD detective and will I will report it as soon as I can. We are all keeping our fingers crossed.

Alan L Edwards/classmate class 9/69

Retired policeman City of Los Angeles
Class mate of Mike Edwards 9/69

December 10, 2016

To MIke's relatives and friends,

My detective friends and some high school friends from !962 have obtained a website: MichaelLeeEdwards.com
As soon as we get any info we will be posting it for informational purposes. Godspeed to all concerned. It will be solved.
Regards,
Alan L Edwards/class of 9/69 LAPD

Retired LAPD
Friiend and classmate of Mike

August 24, 2015

Mike's Family,
I'm still working on your case. I have 2 more retired detectives helping me that are the best. I sent a letter to LAPD Chief Beck a month ago chastising them for dragging their feet. Yesterday I finally received a reply and it was the same old crap--they're working diligently on the case--yeah right! Channel 7 Eyewitness News was was helpful in putting a program on their channel with Eileen Frere reporting--she's the best! Anyway, I'm writing more letters and doing some leg work as long as I live and have a lot of friends that are supportive of all of our efforts. Our group is 99.9% sure of a suspect. Get with it LAPD and put some pressure on the perp.
Regards,
Alan L Edwards/class 9/69 LAPD

Retired LAPD
Los Angeles Police Department

August 8, 2015

Although I was just born in 1969, you are my brother. I came on LAPD in 1994 but I know your story because the officers that came before me, the officers that are in LAPD now, and the officers that come behind me will never let your legacy die. You will forever be engrained in our hearts and we will never give up trying to find your killer/s. Rest easy Mike. We will never forget.

Sergeant Jerretta Sandoz
Los Angeles Police Protective League

May 17, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

May 11, 2015

I was a recruit in 1974, assigned to 77th Division. I never personally knew Mike but was taken to the burned out garage where his body was found by my partner. He told me only someone who knew Mike could get him into handcuffs without a hell of a fight. Like so many others, I still have the RHD flyer that was everywhere then. Of all the things I’ve seen and experienced in my 26-years on the LAPD, the most prominent memory and question in my mind is: Mike, what happened? Who did this to you?

Rest in peace knowing there are hundreds of people still thinking; still wondering; still searching…

Jim Holcomb, Retired LAPD

Police Officer, Jim Holcomb
LAPD, worked 77th Div in 1974

April 29, 2015

RIP brother. We will find your killer!

Det. Bryan Dietsch
Baltimore County Police Dept

January 6, 2015

RIP Michael

Captain James Dietsch
Md DOC

November 27, 2014

I do remember Mike very well, I would see him every day In the locker room. I was working morning watch and can remember my car assignment, 12A29.. I was called at home to come in and help.

I was assigned a special detail for 6-8 months because of my connect with all gangs and drug dealer. I still have a very fresh memory of people ( suspects ) that I believed know or were involved. I don't know if my leads were followed up... I can't get this case out of my mind... I still remember people, cars "...... Retired Officer, Chuck Myers

P11, Chuck Myers
L.A.P.D.

August 31, 2014

I too came on the LAPD in 1969, just a few months before Mike, and only knew Mike in passing; I met him when I worked "Motors" in 77th Division. I remember learning of his murder and remember being shocked at the circumstances. Well Mike, I live in Cypress (CA) and have visited your grave (at Forest Lawn Cypress) a number of times, and as recently as 8/19/14. Trust me, you will never be forgotten. And, as others have said, we all hope that someday, no matter how long it takes, that the suspect or suspects will be found and prosecuted.

Retired Lieutenant
LAPD

August 20, 2014

Rest in Peace

Sgt2 Larry Mazur
LAPD retired

May 11, 2014

To those who knew Mike,
I still remember having 'fun' at the Police Academy class of 9/69 with Mike. This unsolved murder has become an obsession with me. I have contacted RHD/LAPD twice now and after being frustrated more, I have contacted the VIDOCQ Society (cold case experts) in Philadelphia, Pa. twice now to see if they can help. I got a letter back from them saying they might work on it if LAPD gives them the OK. I called RHD/LAPD and told a detective this info and he said that it would be OK for the VIDOCQ Society to take a look at the case. That was February 20, 2013 and still no definitive answer. I will continue to grease the wheel that has stalled. A new set of 'eyes' on this case might help. It couldn't hurt. Godspeed to Mike's family.

Alan Lee Edwards/class of 9/69 LAPD

Alan Lee Edwards
Retired LAPD

May 18, 2013

honoring your memory today and always. we love and miss you!! It is nice reading these posts by people who cared about you. after 39 yrs the loss is still there but we are ok and now you have your brother (my dad) and grandpa with you. you would be proud of your family and kids

JENNIFER BAKER
neice

May 11, 2013

In 1974, I was one year out of high school, and I never personally knew Mike Edwards, but later during my career with LAPD I knew of him. It was at a retirement luncheon which I attended that the 30+yr reitired honoree stood before his co-workers and colleages and introduces us to a saved and somewhat aged LAPD Police Alert Bulletin descibing the unsolved and murderous death of a fellow classmate named Officer Mike Edwards. With select words and poise, the retiree explained his friendship with Mike and stated that on May 10, 1974, he (Mike) was found murdered inside an abandoned apt building. It was told to us that throughout the many years since his murder the case was never solved. Hence, the salvaging of the single Police Bulletin became this one police officers quest. It was explained that he saved the Police Bulletin as a reminder that he and others would never forget the great loss endured by the Department and the victims family. As a parting gesture, the retiree surrendered the Police Bulletin to the youngest assigned police officer in attendance at the luncheon, with an understanding that he would save and pass forward the same Police Bulletin to the next generation of officers as a reminder that Mike's death would never be forgotten and that the case still remained unsolved. With eyes filled with swelled tears, the retiree stated, "We must never forget the ultimate sacrifices made by any of our fallen brothers and sisters......never forget."

Detective III Ronald A. Vega
LAPD-Commercial Crimes Division

May 11, 2013

To all who knew Mike,
I knew Mike from the Police Academy--his name was right next to mine--Alan Lee Edwards--and his serial number was the next number. I knew him a short time, but he was humorous and had an infectious smile and wit about him. When he was murdered by unknown assailant/s I was fishing in the ocean just off of MarineLand, Calif with 2 detectives from my division. I was in shock as were the others. My parents were in Las Vegas at that time and heard the news thinking that it was I. I truly miss him as a cop and a friend and hope someday before I pass that the murderer/s are brought to justice. To his surviving family I wish Godspeed to all and that Mike was a dear friend. He will never be forgotten.
Regards,
Alan L. Edwards

Retired Policeman
LAPD

August 9, 2012

To all who knew Mike,
I am a retired policeman for the City of LA. I went to the Police Academy, class of 9/69. I knew Mike pretty well since we were in the same class and almost the same name. Mine is Alan Lee Edwards. When this tragedy happened I was fishing off the coast of California with a couple of detectives with our portable radio on and we heard the news--what a shock. My parents were in Las Vegas and heard the news and they thought it was me and started calling to see if it was (no cell phones in those days). To me Mike was a great guy, funny, and had a great laugh and personality. I've heard a lot of rumors about his death, but none have been proven. I hope some day before I pass on his murderer or murderers will be brought to justice. To his family I offer this--Godspeed to all of you. I didn't know Mike that many years, but the years I knew him were quality years. I think of him laughing and enjoying our profession--being a Cop in LA.

Alan L. Edwards

Retired Policeman
LAPD

August 9, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections. I hope that your family one day learns the truth of what happened to you...I am so sorry that your wife didn't live long enough to witness justice for you.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

May 11, 2012

38 years and we still hold you in our hearts… we haven’t lost hope that your case will be solved. This year we have a new cold case Detective and Glenn & Suzie visited the LAPD Memorial. During police week this year the Los Angeles Emerald society will dedicate their music to you during the Pipers Parade. Feeling blessed this year… Never Forgotten

Tobie Edwards
Daughter

May 11, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Edwards. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 14, 2012

I just wanted to post ~ it fills my heart to hear stories about my father Mike. I was so young when he passed and his murder remains such a mystery to me. I wanted to thank you for your stories.

Tobie
Daughter

August 25, 2011

I just found this page and am flooded with the memories of this wonderful man. I was 11 years old and lived across the street from Mike. My parents divorced when I was 4 and I lived with my brother, mother, and grandmom (whom became friends with Penney.) Mike arranged to take me and my brother to the school down the road to play some baseball. We had a great time and he even bought us slushies at the 7-11 across the street - real "all American" kind of stuff. It was such a huge boost to our family to have such an amazing father figure in our lives again, even if he wasn't ours.

I vividly remember everything about him, but most of all his kindness toward us. He seemed to be a very gentle man and it's hard for me to think of him as a police officer since we so infrequently saw that side of him (though we sometimes saw a squad car or him in uniform).

Just wanted to post here and say how much he meant to me in the short time I knew him. I think of his gentleness & kindness often and I think it has informed my life as a father. I wish his family the very best.

Richard Green
Neighbor

August 11, 2011

Hello fellow PD and others looking at this MANS legacy and the hurt and pain will NEVER go away . I only hold onto the fact that I will see YOU AGAIN!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE ALL YOU RETIRES AND OTHERS THAT WERE AROUND way back when i was a 6 yr old little girl that "lost" her SWEET GENTLE UNCLE!!!! PLEASE TAKE THIS ONE EXTRA STEP......please!!!! there is a face book page ran by my cousin the officers little 6 yr old girl he left behind imagine HER PAIN if I HUR T THIS MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE DONT STOP YOURSELF IF YOU THINK YOU might remeber something please lets NOT LET MANY MORE DAYS GO BY WITH THIS MEANCE OUT THERE!!! come brothers in blue...let "get em"........BOKK EM DANO!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this has haunted his mother now she might not live to see this crime ever have cloursure would ANY of you want that for your mom?grandma??????? DIDNT THINK SO!!!! this facebook page is for our family NOT THE LAPD OR THE ODMP!!!!!
PLEASE?????????????????????????????????????
i <3 you uncle mike <3

Jennifer anne edwards baker
niece

May 31, 2011

Mike and I worked together shortly before his death. Mike was one of those all American nice guys with a shy smile. The fact that I remember Mike that way is a compliment to his walk in life. There are many theories about his death and who was responsible but nothing has been proven. Perhaps someday the for sure answer will come forth. To Mike's family, know that your father remains alive in the memories of many of his ex partners.

Sgt Dave Reynolds
LAPD (rtd)

December 28, 2010

Dad~ This year I will honor your memory on May 5th at the LAPD memorial at thier new memorial wall. and again for a momemt of silence May 10th with friends on your facebook page In Memory of Slain LAPD Policeman Michael Edwards ( already 100 fans) Allways In my heart

Anonymous

May 3, 2010

Officer Edwards - I retired from LAPD after 30 years, in 2007. I saw an old partner who was working RHD before I pulled the pin, there. He was on a lead on you case. They were doubtful, yet hopeful. The point is, they were and are still working on your case. Thanks for your service to the people of Los Angeles. May God grant you eternal rest and may His perpetual light shine upon you.

Chief K. Moreland (Ret. Sgt.)
Palmer Lake, CO PD (Ret. LAPD)

April 15, 2010

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