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Mary-Lynn Kimberly “Lynn” Breeden

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Mary-Lynn Kimberly “Lynn” Breeden

Birth
Portage la Prairie Census Division, Manitoba, Canada
Death
6 Jul 1991 (aged 30)
Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
Burial
Burnaby, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada Add to Map
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As an adult, Lynn Breeden was a part-time model who once posed for Playboy magazine. At the time of her death, she worked as a cocktail waitress at a men's club called No. 5 Orange.

On July 6, 1991, police were investigating a charred body in a dumpster, discovered by janitor Milton Diaz. The possible homicide was investigated by detectives Al Cattley and Rick Crook of the Vancouver Police Department. Medical examiner Dr. Laurel Gray determined that the decedent had been shot in the head before being placed in the dumpster and burned.

The successful identification of Lynn's charred remains was due to the work of Dr. Gray and forensic odontologist Dr. Larry Cheevers. Dental records were compared against persons reported missing to identify Lynn's body.

Police investigated Lynn's disappearance and found a woman had attempted to withdraw money from her bank account. That woman led police to Christian Cruz, a student, model, actor, stripper, and professional escort. It is believed that Lynn and Cruz knew one another from the night club scene.

Police found blood in Cruz's car, but were unable to match it to Lynn through her blood. Forensic odontologist Dr. David Sweet suggested extracting DNA from Lynn's tooth pulp, which was still intact. The DNA profile from the tooth pulp matched those of the blood in Cruz's car.

It is believed that on the night of July 5, 1991, Lynn and Cruz left an after-hours night club together shortly after daybreak. As they drove home, they had an argument which turned violent. In a rage, Cruz struck Lynn on the head and face, and then shot her three times in the head. He dumped her body in the dumpster, doused it with gasoline, and lit it on fire.

Cruz was charged on July 17, 1991 and later convicted of second-degree murder in the death of Lynn Breeden and sentenced to life in prison.
As an adult, Lynn Breeden was a part-time model who once posed for Playboy magazine. At the time of her death, she worked as a cocktail waitress at a men's club called No. 5 Orange.

On July 6, 1991, police were investigating a charred body in a dumpster, discovered by janitor Milton Diaz. The possible homicide was investigated by detectives Al Cattley and Rick Crook of the Vancouver Police Department. Medical examiner Dr. Laurel Gray determined that the decedent had been shot in the head before being placed in the dumpster and burned.

The successful identification of Lynn's charred remains was due to the work of Dr. Gray and forensic odontologist Dr. Larry Cheevers. Dental records were compared against persons reported missing to identify Lynn's body.

Police investigated Lynn's disappearance and found a woman had attempted to withdraw money from her bank account. That woman led police to Christian Cruz, a student, model, actor, stripper, and professional escort. It is believed that Lynn and Cruz knew one another from the night club scene.

Police found blood in Cruz's car, but were unable to match it to Lynn through her blood. Forensic odontologist Dr. David Sweet suggested extracting DNA from Lynn's tooth pulp, which was still intact. The DNA profile from the tooth pulp matched those of the blood in Cruz's car.

It is believed that on the night of July 5, 1991, Lynn and Cruz left an after-hours night club together shortly after daybreak. As they drove home, they had an argument which turned violent. In a rage, Cruz struck Lynn on the head and face, and then shot her three times in the head. He dumped her body in the dumpster, doused it with gasoline, and lit it on fire.

Cruz was charged on July 17, 1991 and later convicted of second-degree murder in the death of Lynn Breeden and sentenced to life in prison.

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  • Created by: pylas
  • Added: Apr 14, 2021
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/225660112/mary-lynn_kimberly-breeden: accessed ), memorial page for Mary-Lynn Kimberly “Lynn” Breeden (18 Dec 1960–6 Jul 1991), Find a Grave Memorial ID 225660112, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Burnaby, Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia, Canada; Maintained by pylas (contributor 49096824).