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Maricopa County, Phoenix police aim to close cases

PHOENIX — Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is announcing a new
collaborative effort with the Phoenix Police Department to solve cold homicide

The announcement comes on the heels of a recent first-degree murder indictment
in a 30-year-old unsolved crime in the Phoenix area. Twenty-five-year old Karen
Casanova was killed in January 1982. DNA tests that weren’t available at the
time helped track down a suspect who has now been arrested.

Montgomery and Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia say the indictment is the
first to come from a new partnership between the two agencies focusing on
closing some of the metro area’s 2,500 unsolved homicide cases dating back to
the 1950s.

Both say the goal is aimed at bringing closure to the victims’ families and
delivering justice to the criminals.


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