The Mysterious Murder of Matt Flores - Unsolved Mysteries

A war veteran is gunned down in the parking lot of a computer company.

Matt Flores

A co-worker heard the gunshot

CASE DETAILS

Matt and Denise had it all—a loving marriage, a beautiful daughter, dreams of a full, happy life—dreams that vanished in an instant when Matt Flores was gunned down in cold blood.  He was just 26.

Matt was pronounced dead at the scene

When Matt married Denise LePage, their friends called it the wedding of the century.  Matt was a second lieutenant in the Army, who later served with honor in Operation Desert Storm.  Once Matt came home to Fort Stewart, Georgia, he and Denise started a family.  In July of 1993, their daughter Danielle was born.  Eight months later, Matt began a promising career with a computer company based in California’s Silicon Valley.  According to Denise, he traveled there for a brief training program:

“It was our new start in life as a family—us making decisions instead of the military. This was his dream come true. He finished with the military. He’d done everything right, and now he had landed the job of his dreams.”

March 24, 1994:  Matt’s ninth day of training for his new job.  That morning, he arrived at work and parked in the middle of the lot.  Nearby, another employee sat listening to a talk show on her car radio.  When a gunshot rang out, she moved to investigate.  According to Sergeant George Teal of the Santa Clara Police Department, the female witness called 911 after realizing someone had been shot:

“Approximately four or five uniformed officers responded immediately, including a field supervisor. Paramedics and fire also responded immediately, but they were not able to revive him.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Police found no physical evidence

Matt Flores had been shot once in the back of the head at point-blank range.  He probably never even saw his killer.  And incredibly, no one else did either, even though there were more than 20 people in the parking lot at the time.  Matt’s Mother, Ellen Mauro, was dumbfounded as to why someone would want to kill her son:

“He was never involved in anything in terms of drugs, gambling, fooling around—any of the things that you would think would lead to being murdered. Nothing.”

Almost immediately, the investigation was hampered by a terrible piece of bad luck. Despite the presence of several security cameras in the parking lot, the killing itself took place in a blind spot—just out of view. However, one of the cameras did give Sergeant Teal his most significant lead:

“About 20 minutes before the shooting, there was a two door sport model Ford Explorer that came into the parking lot and parked in one of the parking stalls facing directly into the camera lens. A few seconds later, a two door white Ford Probe came in the same lane that Matt would take later. The Explorer backed up, followed the white Probe. The Ford Probe could look something like Matt’s rental, which was a white Chevy Corsica. About four minutes before the shooting, we see that same Explorer exiting the parking lot, and then about three minutes before the shooting, we see the vehicle come back into the parking lot and go in the direction of where the shooting occurred.”

The murderer’s car – caught on tape?

At 8:12 AM, two minutes before the shooting, two cars entered the lot.  One was driven by the female eyewitness—the other by Matt Flores.  At 8:14, the murder took place just out of camera range.  According to Sergeant Teal, just 20 seconds later, the Ford Explorer was seen leaving the parking lot for the last time:

“If somebody were to watch the videotape and see the activities of the vehicle that morning and to see it leave right after Matt was shot, they certainly could say the vehicle was stalking Matt that morning.”

Because the Explorer initially followed a car that looked like Matt’s, Sergeant Teal believed the murder may have been a case of mistaken identity:

“Perhaps somebody went to that parking lot that morning to do harm to somebody else, and they got the wrong person.”

For Denise Flores, the reality of her husband’s murder continues to haunt her:

“Whoever did this to him, I want them to know what they’ve taken. One minute, life was great. We had everything. And the next minute, it was shattered. I don’t think she remembers him anymore. She was too little. I plan on showing her all the videos that we have so she knows what kind of a daddy that she had. But she won’t know what it feels like for Daddy to hug her. I lost everything that day.”

The case is still open and authorities hope that someone will come forward with a new lead.   To date, the authorities’ most substantial clue is still the Ford Explorer videotaped in the parking lot.  The vehicle is a two door sport model manufactured between 1991 and 1994.  It has a distinctive black trim on its lower panels.

New info: 

In May of 2016, $100,000 reward has been reissued to help solve the murder of Matt Flores. Read more: http://patch.com/california/milpitas/100000-reward-offered-1994-santa-clara-shooting-0


Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season eight with Robert Stack and in season five with Dennis Farina. Also available on YouTube with Dennis Farina. Various seasons available now on Hulu.

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26 Comments

  1. Chris Payton

    My name is Chris Payton I am Mat’s first cousin. We believe that this is some covert inside the military operation such as Matthew Knew Too Much… thank you everybody for your prayers and thoughts like my Aunt Ellen said any information someone comes across nothing is too big or too small please notify the Santa Clara Police Department.

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  2. thinkingoutloud

    it’s even more upsetting if the shooters killed matt by mistake. you would think they would the model and license plate memorized prior to the shooting. also can the cameras really not identify the license plates from the cars? they can tell the make and color of the cars but not get a good look at the license plates?

    rip matt, sooo sad

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  3. Dameon

    How many of us have ever felt threatened by the new handsome young talent at u or your wife’s work ? I know I was head over heals for a girlfriend of mine in my younger days and a striking guy like Matt was hired at her work..it kept me up a night or two..If they haven’t looked into a coworker of his who was a domestic violence victim yet , why not try ? He had only been there 2 weeks so someone nipped his employment there in the bud..The answer is within Apllied’s walls.

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  4. Dameon

    I GUARANTEE Matt made someone angry that he landed that job or insecure about his own relationship with a girl due to Matt’s presence….Someone wanted him to no longer be a threat …It was either over a girl or the job he just landed..

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  5. Larry

    I wonder if they investigated the driver of the white Ford Probe that the Ford Explorer initially followed or any other persons driving a similar car as Matt’s ? It still sounds like a case of mistaken identity. If someone was hired by a jealous husband they may not have been that familiar with the victims appearance.

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  6. Magdi M Manjal

    This case has really caught my attention, because it sounds too easily to be solved. I think if the police digs deeper on it, this case would soon be solved. Here are some suggestive views:
    First: The killer cannot be a hit-man. A hit-man is a professional killer, who will not take risk of committing a homicide in a parking lot on the middle of the day
    Second: This might be the act of an angry man who encountered the victim earlier that day or the day before, during road-rage.
    OR
    Third: A jealous applicant or employee at the Silicon Valley
    OR
    Fourth: Police may need to investigate the victim’s military record to find out if he was a party of any military investigation involving sexual harassment, drug use, or any disciplinary action in which a third party was subject to punishment or disciplinary action. This third party might be the killer

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  7. Brittany Howard

    Unsolved Mysteries I believe the car that police were looking for is a red Ford Explorer.

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  8. possible

    what if matt was going to discover something important and a time traveler stopped him

    what was matt going to work on at applied mechanics?

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  9. Ben

    This is so sad. I wish that i could help.

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  10. Michael

    I am very very sorry about Matt’s loss, he looked like a very special young man.I am wondering if it is possible if the bullet was from a sniper much further away than the point blank range. It may have been a random killing with nothing to do with the Explorer. I also think they should investigate the person with the similar car to see what type of lifestyle they had at the time.

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  11. Anonymous

    This case was so sad. I remember the video of him and his baby.

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  12. Ellen Mauro

    I am Matthew’s mother. I miss him terribly. He did not deserve this. He is missed so much by our family and we plead with anyone who has any information, no matter how minor to please contact the Santa Clara Police Dept, the cold case unit. We will always be grateful for any help solving this tragedy

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    • umfan

      Hello Ellen I wanted to say i am very sorry for your loss. I think it is absolutely terrible. How are is wife and daughter doing?

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    • Patti Castro

      I’m so so sorry, Ellen. I have been a follower of this case since it first aired.
      I just watched the rerun of your son’s murder. I decided to find out if it had been solved. After going to this website, finding Matt’s case and reading through all the updates, I can see that it hasn’t.
      I know how it feels to lose a child. I lost my 23 year old son to complications from
      diabetes in December of 1995.
      A hidden blessing turned out to be that he appeared on the Nationally syndicated talk Show called the DANNY Show. I have the original tape that I have converted to a DVD. Sometimes I can watch it, sometimes I can’t. I have learned to ‘move on’ as they say, but I miss him everyday.
      It’s a pain I would never wish on anyone.
      May God heal and comfort you and your family.

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    • Patti Castro

      I’m so so sorry, Ellen. I have been a follower of this case since it first aired.
      I just watched the rerun of your son’s murder. I decided to find out if it had been solved. After going to this website, finding Matt’s case and reading through all the updates, I can see that it hasn’t.
      I know how it feels to lose a child. I lost my 23 year old son to complications from
      diabetes in December of 1995.
      A hidden blessing turned out to be that he appeared on the Nationally syndicated talk Show called the DANNY Show. I have the original tape that I have converted to a DVD. Sometimes I can watch it, sometimes I can’t. I have learned to ‘move on’ as they say, but I miss him everyday.
      It’s a pain I would never wish on anyone.
      May God heal and comfort you and your family. I pray that God will help in finding and convicting the perzon(s) responsible for Matt’s murder.

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  13. Johnny

    Matt Flores was shot once in the head and it looks like a professional hit. Mr. Flores had no enemies or dangerous vices. Must be that Flores car matched the one of the real victim. Then again…Why would a professional make that kind of mistake? Feel sorry for his wife, young daughter and parents. The Ford Explorer probably the best clue but it could have been painted or sent to the junkyard after 20+ yrs. A difficult case to solve.

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  14. Unidentified

    Does anyone know where we can watch the video? I remember watching this as a kid and it was very sad and very sad now. It could be another job applicant jealously or mistaken identity. I know they’ll catch the killers one of these days soon.

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  15. umfan

    I always thought was a puzzling and sad case. I learned Matt was a student at the University of Rhode Island. I live not too far there, Rhode Island is his home state ware he grew up. Its very sad and crazy to think how close it hits home. Also watching that surveillance in the original episode always creeped me out! i never understood why authorities never wanted the actual tape shown, just a re-creation? Overall a very sad and strange case.

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    • Jason

      Rhe police have the original tape but wouldnt allow UM to broadcast it. So, the re-enacted it. The video shown on the episode is a re-enactment.

      My opinion is, this was a hit gone wrong. If it were a disgruntled employee, they’d find that out in a heartbeat. I was wondeeing if they could digitize the footage an close up on the plates? Could be far too late, but this doeant seem impossible to solve

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  16. Gerry Kincaid

    I served with Matt at Hunter Army Airfield, 24th Division, he was an outstanding young officer of unquestioned integrity, with unlimited potential. No chance he was involved in anything illegitimate. What happened is still unbelievable.

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  17. Caitie

    I’m surprised that no one seemed to see anything, considering how crowded the parking lot seemed to be. Someone has to know who owned the car that killed Matt…..it seems strange that no one has said anything

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  18. Autumn Moore

    Is it possible the killer was mad that Matt got a job that the killer had applied for and wanted? Competition was/is high there. Did the authorities check identities of the other people who applied for the job? SV has had a high percentage of people with Asperger’s Syndrome, many of whom lack empathy, and thus have potential for harming someone in anger. I’m not dissing people w/ Aspergers, I’m speaking from direct experience having a close relative (who worked in SV) with Aspergers that was jailed 3 times for personal crimes against people, due in part to his lack of social skills and empathy, and also due to additional character disorder and complete narcissism (not all Aspergers people have these traits). And yes, the mistaken identity could be pissible too.

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We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain anonymous information when you visit our web site. These companies may use non-personally identifiable information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) during your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. To learn more about this behavioral advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising, you can visit networkadvertising.org. Your use of the site constitutes your agreement to accept cookies, beacons and third-party advertising. Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for third-party ads.

ARTICLE 1. Personalization
1.1 We may use the contact information you give us to better tailor your Website experience to your interests, and to send you information about Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. and its services as well as promotional material on behalf of some of our partners. We may use other information that you provide to us to show you content in which you may be interested and to display the content according to your preferences. We will also share this information within Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. in order to enhance your experience on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. Websites.
1.2 In addition, we may share this information with advertisers or other third parties that are not part of the Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. family on an aggregate or other basis that does not disclose your identity or contact information.

ARTICLE 2. Online Surveys/Contests
2.1 From time to time, we may conduct online surveys and contests. These may ask you for contact information (like name or email address) and demographic information (like zip code or age).
2.2 We may use this contact information from our surveys and contests to provide you with information about our company and promotional material on behalf of some of our partners, and to contact you when necessary.

ARTICLE 3. Shopping/Commercial Services
3.1 This Website may offer shopping services, which may be offered by us or by a firm that operates a store under contract with us. If our Website offers shopping or other commercial services, you will use a customer order form to request information, products, and services. The order form will ask you to give us contact information (like name or email address), financial information (like account or credit card numbers), and demographic information (like zip code or age).

3.2 We will use the financial information that you provide to bill you for products and services. By giving our Website your credit card and related personal information, you are authorizing our store to give that information to the merchant and credit card company in order to confirm and fulfill your order.

3.3 We will use contact information from the order form to fulfill your orders. We may also use contact data to get in touch with you when necessary. We will not otherwise use or distribute your financial information without your prior approval.

ARTICLE 4. Public forums
4.1 This Website may make available chat rooms, blogs, forums, message boards, and news groups. Please remember that any information that you disclose in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. Information disclosed by you or by others enters the public domain and may be freely used by any other persons or entities using the site.

ARTICLE 5. Information Sharing With Third Parties
5.1 From time to time we may enter into a special relationship with another company that is not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. to provide additional features at this Website. These special relationships may include “powered by” partners, business partners, sponsors, and co-branded sites (referred to here as “co-branded pages”). These might include, for example, pages that share our name and that of another entity. You should look for a specific privacy statement on any such co-branded page. Any personal information that you provide when signing up at one of those co-branded pages may be shared with our third party partner. You should also check our partner’s website for information regarding its privacy policies.

5.2 Also, the nature of some features of our Website may require that we share personal information about you with persons or companies outside of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. For example, this may occur at a feature that enables you, via our Website, to ask questions of persons or entities that are not part of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. By responding to those features of the site, whether by email or direct entry of information on our Website, you are consenting to our transferring that information to such persons or entities.

5.3 With respect to specific registration modules, like contests, we may disclose personal information collected, and we may post a conspicuous statement on the registration module to the effect that we will be disclosing the information collected with third parties.

5.4 Finally, we may share any of the information collected from you with these other non- Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc companies in an aggregate basis. The aggregated information is not linked to any information that can identify you.

ARTICLE 6. IP Address and Log Files
6.1 We may use your IP address to administer our Website, to help diagnose problems with our server, to analyze trends, to track users’ webpage movements, to help identify you and your shopping cart, and to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

ARTICLE 7. Cookies
7.1 This Website may use a standard technology called a “cookie” to collect information about how you use the Website. Cookies reside on your computer and help our Website to recognize your computer’s browser as a previous visitor. This information allows us to customize delivery of information. For example, our Website may use cookies to save and remember registration information or preferences that you may have set while browsing the Website, to keep track of your shopping cart, to ensure you don’t see the same ad content repeatedly, to deliver content specific to your interests, and to save your password so you do not have to re-enter it each time you visit our site. We use cookies only to gather information as indicated in this policy.

7.2 In addition, on occasion our site may also set a “session cookie” which helps us administer the Website. The session cookie expires when you close your browser and does not retain any information about you after it expires.

7.3 Finally, we may also use an ad network provider to help present advertisements on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. websites. This ad network provider, like other advertising service vendors, uses cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies on the hard drive of your computer to serve you advertisements tailored to interests you have shown by browsing on this and other sites you have visited, and to determine whether you have seen a particular advertisement before and to avoid sending you duplicate advertisements. In doing so, the provider collects non-personal data such as your browser type, your operating system, web pages visited, time of visits, content viewed, ads viewed, and other clickstream data. The use of cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies by these ad network providers is subject to their own privacy policies, not ours, and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for the collection or use of such information.

ARTICLE 8. Banner Advertising
8.1 We have contracted with an ad-service to place banner advertising on our Website. All of the data provided and generated by the ad-server software remains in our possession. This feature of our Website may, on occasion, set “cookies” on your computer. Any information collected or stored by the ad-service or the cookies is treated in the same manner as other information described in this statement.

ARTICLE 9. Children’s Personal Information
9.1 Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act:

9.1.1 This site does NOT collect, use, or disclose personal information (including online contact information) of children under the age of thirteen (13).

9.1.2 In the event that a child under the age of 13 attempts to register on our site, we will NOT accept the registration and will delete information received from the child.

9.1.3 In the event that a child posts personal information in a public forum such as a chat room, we will attempt to delete that information once we become aware of it.

ARTICLE 10. Security of Your Personal Information
10.1 Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. employs reasonable security measures consistent with standard industry practice, for information collected through this Website. We believe that we have adequate security measures in place in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of the information we collect on our Website. We also use internal protections to limit access to users’ personal information to only those employees who need the information to perform a specific job.

ARTICLE 11. Sale or Merger
11.1 If this Website is sold to, or merges with, another company not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc., you should expect that some or all of the information collected from this Website may be transferred to the buyer/surviving company. If so, CMP will seek to obligate the acquiring company to use any personal information transferred by this Website in a manner consistent with this statement, but cannot guarantee that it will be able to impose that requirement or that the acquiring company will comply.

ARTICLE 12. Legal Process
12.1 You should be aware that Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. may be required to disclose your personal information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, such as in court or regulatory proceedings.

ARTICLE 13.  Contacting the Website

13.1        If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, the practices of this Website, or your dealings with this Website, please contact us at: unsolved@unsolved.com.

ARTICLE 14.  general information

14.1        Choice of Law:  This Agreement and the Additional Terms shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California , as it is applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within such state, without regard to conflict of law principles.

14.2        Choice of Forum:  You agree that any cause of action you or Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. brings to enforce this Agreement and/or the Additional Terms, or in connection with any matters related to this Website and/or the Privacy Statement, shall be submitted to arbitration in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, United States of America in accordance with the commercial rules and regulations of the American Arbitration Association then in effect (as amended herein), provided that said arbitration shall be heard before a single arbitrator, who shall be a retired judge, selected pursuant to such rules and regulations, and shall be conducted on an expedited basis and in confidence. The arbitrator’s decision shall be controlled by the terms and conditions of this agreement and any other agreements I may enter into with you, and shall be final and binding, and shall provide for each party to bear its own costs of arbitration and attorneys’ fees.  Each party expressly waives any right to a jury.  Judgment upon the award of the arbitrator may be entered or enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction. 

14.4        If any provision of this Agreement, or the application thereof to any person or circumstances, is held invalid or for any reason unenforceable then such provision shall be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that matches, as closely as possible, the original provision, and the other provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.  The failure of either party to insist upon strict performance of any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right.  Unless expressly provided otherwise, this Agreement is the entire agreement between you and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. with respect to the use of this Website and shall not be modified except in writing, signed by an authorized representative of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc.

ARTICLE 15.  European Union and Other Foreign Nations

15.1        This Website is governed by and operated in accordance with the laws of United States of America and is intended for enjoyment of residents of the United States.  Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. makes no representation that this Website is governed by or operated in accordance with the laws of other nations.  By using this Website and submitting any personal information, visitors from outside of the United States acknowledge this Website is subject to U.S. law, consent to the transfer of personal data to the U.S., and waive any claims that may arise under their own national laws.