Norwalk Police Ask For Help In 1984 Cold Case Homicide

NORWALK, Conn. -- Drugs, a mistaken identity and a person of interest are all parts of the puzzle Norwalk detectives are working to piece together to solve a homicide that occurred in 1984.

The Norwalk Police Department is asking for leads in a 1984 cold case homicide.

The Norwalk Police Department is asking for leads in a 1984 cold case homicide.

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According to detectives, the murder occurred around 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, 1984 at 91 Lexington Ave. The victim, Nicholas Osorio, 23, was found by two Norwalk police officers as they responded to reports of a shooting at 91 Lexington Ave. 

When officers arrived they found Osorio on the floor by the front door suffering from a gunshot wound. No ambulance was available at the time so the officers transported Osorio in the back seat of a police cruiser to Norwalk Hospital. Osorio died during emergency surgery. 

The investigation was assumed by the Detective Bureau and it was determined that Osorio had been shot through the front glass door with a shotgun. A witness stated that he heard the shots and then observed a light skin male, 20 to 30 years old, about 5-feet-10-inches tall, with a muscular build run to the passenger side of a van that was in the driveway, according to police. 

The van, described as a late 1970’s Chevrolet van that was primer gray in color and the left back door was white or beige, was operated by a dark skin male headed towards Ely Avenue. Police said the van had a white license plate with blue lettering and the last three numbers were either “100” ; “001” or “101”. 

As the investigation continued, informants supplied information that the target of the shooting was really Francisco Osorio, the older brother of Nicholas, and that it was possibly related to money being owed for drugs, according to police. 

It also appeared that the suspects may have entered the residence and taken several items of jewelry, police said. Several names were developed as “persons of interest” but no solid suspect was developed.

Evidence in the case will be evaluated for forensic testing. Anybody 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).

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