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Samantha Runnion – On July 15, 2002, 5-year-old Samantha was kidnapped & and murdered. She was playing near her home in Orange County with a friend when a man who said he was looking for a puppy grabbed her. Her body was found a day later alongside a mountain highway between Orange County and Lake Elsinore; an autopsy showed she was asphyxiated and assaulted. The killer, a man named Alejandro Avila, was later arrested & convicted of first degree murder in May 2005 and given the death sentence.

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