The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 15 – Matt Flores

March 24, 1994. After being honorably discharged from the Army, Matt Flores begins a new job at a computer company called Applied Materials, Inc.. One morning, Matt shows up for a training session at their headquarters in Silicon Valley, but after parking his car, an unknown assailant shoots him in the back of the head. Even though there were more than twenty people in the parking lot and it was covered by security cameras, the killer manages to escape without being seen and the only clue turns out to be surveillance footage of a suspicious-looking Ford Explorer. The investigation fails to uncover anything in Matt’s background to suggest why he was killed. Was Matt deliberately targeted or was he a victim of mistaken identity? Our latest minisode of “The Trail Went Cold” examines a seemingly motiveless murder which is about as close to a perfect crime as you can get.

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4 thoughts on “The Trail Went Cold – Minisode 15 – Matt Flores

  • Wow, I live right next to Arques and Bowers. I wish I could provide some insight, but to be honest, all I can add is that yes: these campuses are all highly confusing and look alike. Not improbable that it was mistaken identity, if the killer truly was unfamiliar with this specific area. Great job as always, Robin!

  • I think the question is why was the shooting not captured on CCTV. Of course, it could be a coincidence, but I’m always suspicious of these in murder cases, so what would it mean if it wasn’t a coincidence? What I’d like to know is whether Flores always parked in the same spot, because if so then possibly he was being followed and the person responsible realised that his parking-spot wasn’t covered by cameras and decided to attack there. This makes it much less likely that the killing was a case of mistaken identity, because if Flores was being followed day after day the killer would soon realise that he was the wrong person. Additionally, the killer managed to avoid being caught on camera as they made their getaway, and I think that’s unrealistically lucky.

    Lastly, is it possible that the killer was in the car with Flores, and that the other cars were nothing to do with the crime?

    • From all accounts, Matt parked in an unassigned spot, so there’s no way the killer could have predicted ahead of time that he would park in a blind spot which wasn’t covered by the cameras. It sounds like it was just pure luck that this happened and the killer might not have even known there were cameras watching. Never thought about the possibility that the killer was in the car with Matt, but I’m not sure how they would have escaped the area undetected if they didn’t have their own vehicle.

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