Concord, California’s Terrie Ladwig fatally strangled; Suspect unknown

Terrie Ladwig of Concord, Contra Costa County, California, United States has died. She was 28.

Ladwig was married to Steven Ladwig, a U.S. Navy submarine crew member stationed in Bangor Base, Kitsap County, Washington, USA. In July 1994, they got married.


Terrie was a transgender woman. She was born Larry Earl Tolentino Thompson Jr. in the Philippines.

After marrying Terrie, Steven went back to sea. Terrie stayed in their apartment on Adelaide Street in Concord while preparing to have gender-reassignment surgery.

On November 28, 1994, Terrie called Steven to say someone was trying to break down the door of their apartment. They did not call the police but he rushed home.


On December 2, 1994, Steven found Terrie dead inside their apartment. She was beaten and strangled on their bed.

Authorities found no sign of forced entry. A small amount of alcohol and methamphetamine was found in Terrie’s blood. 

Steven was quickly cleared as a suspect. On December 11, 1994, Terrie’s Buick Regal was found about a mile from their apartment but it did not lead to a suspect. 

Anyone with information about the murder of Terrie Ladwig is asked to contact the Concord Police Department.

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