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Police Release Sketch Of Suspect In Cold Case Of 2009 Murder Of Great-Grandmother

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A composite sketch of a suspect in a 2009 murder was released Thursday by Long Beach Police. (credit: Long Beach Police)

A composite sketch of a suspect in a 2009 murder was released Thursday by Long Beach Police. (credit: Long Beach Police)

LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — New information about an old case in Long Beach might mean police are closer to making an arrest in the murder of a great-grandmother in 2009.

Police Thursday released a sketch of a suspect as well as a description of a possible getaway car.

Leam Sovansky was found stabbed to death in her home in the 1400 block of Petersen Avenue on the morning of January 31. 2009.

A possible motive for the murder was never established.

Sovansky was stabbed multiple times in the upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene.

(credit: Long Beach Police Department)

(credit: Long Beach Police Department)

The victim was an immigrant from Cambodia. Her family said she was the mother of seven, grandmother to 20 and great-grandmother of six.

Officials said they have been able to create a sketch of a suspect, a young black male, with closely cropped black hair, a thin mustache and a small goatee.

The possible getaway car was described as a white, four-door Chevrolet Caprice. Police believe the car was an early 90s model.

Anyone with information about the possible suspect or getaway car is asked to call Long Beach police homicide detectives Teryl Hubert and Mark Bigel at (562) 570-7244.

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