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Murder Suspect Sought

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Murder suspect Richard Dean Neff

September 8, 2009

William D. Gore, Sheriff, San Diego County, today announced the manhunt initiated by the San Diego Fugitive Task Force to locate Richard Dean Neff (pictured) for 187 P.C. – Murder.

Neff is sought in connection with the beating death of Ronald Kardian in the early-morning hours of Labor Day.  As a party within the 4100 block of Avoyer in La Mesa was dissipating, Neff and Kardian engaged in a fistfight. Eventually, both parties left the scene and Kardian returned to his residence in Spring Valley. Later in the morning, he complained about his injuries and was taken to Grossmont Hospital, where he died at approximately 7:00 a.m.

Neff frequents the East County area and is a known methamphetamine user. He is known to carry a handgun in his back at all times.  A flyer with personal data and a photograph can be viewed here.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the San Diego Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200.  Calls may be made anonymously to San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477, where a reward of up to $1,000 is offered.

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