Marana Police Department

11555 W Civic Center Dr
Marana, Arizona 85653
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Cold Case

1987 Homicide Victim and Killer Identified

Sent on 2/11/2015 3:36:18 PM

On November 25, 1987, authorities in Marana, Arizona, were led to the body of an unidentified woman. The woman had been shot to death and over the years authorities had been unable to identify the victim. Beginning in March 2009, the case was reopened. Due to advances in forensic science and investigation techniques new evidence was developed and tested. In November 2011, DNA tests revealed who the killer was in this case. He turned out to be a convict who was serving a life sentence for a series of armed robberies; this individual died in prison in 2005. The case once again became cold when the DNA database known as CODIS could not make any match to Jane Doe’s DNA. Due to information about this victim and the crime being posted to various social media sites, the Marana Police Department received a lead in the case. A couple in Florida had been looking for their niece when they read about the case on the internet. Photos of the FBI’s facial reconstruction and details of the case convinced them to contact the Marana Police Department. Their information led to the victim’s mother, father and step-sister submitting DNA for testing. On February 10, 2015, the Arizona Department of Public Safety Crime Lab results returned, and tests showed conclusively that the 1987 murder victim was Deanna Lee Criswell from Spokane, Washington. That Marana Police Department would like to thank the Arizona Department of Public Safety Crime Lab, the FBI Forensic Facial Imaging Unit, the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office, and Adair Funeral Homes for helping solve this case. We also would like to recognize Crime Scene Supervisor Tom Mooney and Crime Analyst Janice Moser for their hard work and dedication that helped close this case. If it had not been for them, this case may have never been solved.


11555 W Civic Center Drive, Marana, AZ, United States

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