San Juan Capistrano Murder Victims Identified

Dead are divorcees Andra and Brad Sachs, who owned and lost several businesses.

The crime scene on Peppertree Bend in San Juan Capistrano where Andra and Brad Sachs' bodies were found. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
The crime scene on Peppertree Bend in San Juan Capistrano where Andra and Brad Sachs' bodies were found. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.

Officials have identified the couple murdered in their San Juan Capistrano home Sunday morning as Andra and Bradford Sachs.

“It appears Bradford and Andra were divorced but were residing together at the time of their death,” said an Orange County Sheriff’s Department press release. “Homicide investigators have not identified a suspect at this stage of the investigation but continue to explore all possibilities.”

Just before 2 a.m. Sunday, emergency personnel received a call of unknown trouble at 32271 Peppertree Bend. Firefighters arrived and declared the Sachses dead at the scene. An 8-year-old was seriously injured and transferred to Mission Hospital, where he remains, according to the press release.

Bradford Hans Sachs was 57. Andra Resa Sachs was 54. In 2012 email correspondence with Patch, she called herself Andie. She said she was divorced in 2002.

The Sachs faced business challenges, starting several companies, including Flashcom Inc.—a now-defunct provider of high-speed Internet service, and also defunct Jungle Motors, which aimed to convert cars running on gasoline to hybrids or electric vehicles.

In 2011, the state listed Andra on a list of people who owed significant amount of taxes, in her case, $1.15 million.

By 2012, her name was removed from that list.

“The amount due is highly in dispute and contested,” she told Patch two years ago.  She also said she had nothing to do with Jungle Motors, despite her name appearing on company press releases

Anyone with information at the murders is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7044. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org.

Laura Villa February 14, 2014 at 01:22 AM
I personally know this family and the media does not share that Brad was fighting Parkinson's disease, that Andra went thru the rigorous scrutiny to adopt her two youngest children 8 years ago, they care for shelters dogs, brad was laid back and played in a band...and lastly...they loved all their children very much. They were environmentally conscious and were committed to growing good business and a loving family.
Penny Arévalo February 14, 2014 at 01:26 AM
Hi Laura. Thank you for sharing. Here's my story about Brad being in a band. http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/groups/obituaries/p/murder-victims-side-job-leading-a-chicago-tribute-band ========= And I'm an adoptive mom, too. Yes, the background check is EXTREME. Easier to become president (ha!) than an adoptive parent.
MayMom February 14, 2014 at 11:20 AM
Laura, thank you for bringing this information to the readers. So many are quick to judge without caring about the back story.
BronxBrawler February 14, 2014 at 01:43 PM
CDM March 07, 2014 at 07:17 PM
Yes Anita, these kids are loving, considering the eldest son loved his parents to death by shooting them dead. Oh yeah, he loved his brother into a wheelchair for life.


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