Scottsdale police announce arrest made in 3-year-old murder case
PHOENIX — Law enforcement officials in Scottsdale announced Thursday that they had made an arrest in a murder case from three years ago.
Authorities working closely on the case said 42-year-old Ian Mitcham has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Allison Feldman.
He was facing a first-degree murder charge.
Using familial testing, which takes DNA evidence and compares it to genetically-similar samples, detectives were able to connect Mitcham to the crime.
A police probable-cause statement said detectives identified Mitcham as a suspect because his brother’s DNA is similar to a profile of DNA evidence found at Feldman’s home and that Mitcham’s own DNA then was found to match the crime-scene evidence.
Feldman, 31, was found dead in her home near the Loop 101 and Pima Road in February 2015.
She was found by her boyfriend, covered in a sheet.
Detectives found no sign of forced entry.
Court documents said she died of asphyxiation with blunt force trauma.
Police said they could not find a connection between Mitcham and Feldman.
According to police, Mitcham denied knowing Feldman or having been in her home.
Mitcham was being held in lieu of $5 million bond.
It was unknown whether he has an attorney who could comment on the allegations.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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