Norwalk police look for clues in cold case murder of Milford man

Norwalk police are looking for clues in a 1982 cold case murder of a Milford man — Leonardo ‘Leo’ De La Vega, who was 24 years old when he died.

The Norwalk police posted an appeal for information on their Facebook page this week, saying they are looking for any information regarding the crime.

According to the Facebook posting, De La Vega was murdered Feb. 10, 1982, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Norwalk.

“On Wednesday, February 10th, 1982, at 8:04 AM, Ofc. Dan Lasprogato was patrolling the area of Broad Street and St. Mary’s Cemetery,” the posting states. “As the officer drove through the cemetery, he located the body of a deceased white male just northeast of the flag pole circle. The male victim was later identified through fingerprints as Leonardo “Leo” De La Vega of Milford, CT. The autopsy reported that De La Vega died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.”

De La Vega’s wife was contacted and immediately stated, “I knew it, I knew they were going to kill him, I know who did it” to the detectives, Norwalk police state.

Mrs. De La Vega provided two suspect’s names and went on to tell the detectives that her husband dealt cocaine and may have owed several thousand dollars to his supplier.

“The investigation into the two suspects named produced a third suspect who was reported to be operating De La Vega’s red Chevrolet Chevette in Bridgeport, CT on the night that De La Vega was last seen or heard from. Information was learned that De La Vega may have owed this third suspect money for cocaine that was ‘fronted’ to him,” according to Norwalk police. “Sufficient probable cause was not developed in the investigation to receive an arrest warrant for any suspect in the investigation and the case remains open,” the Facebook posting states.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lt. Art Weisgerber at 203-854-3028 or

Anonymous Internet tips can be sent through the Norwalk police website at

Anonymous text tips can be submitted by typing “NPD” into the text field, followed by the message and sending it to CRIMES (274637).