Cold Case Homicide Detail

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The Scottsdale Police Department and the Violent Crimes Unit are dedicated to the pursuit of justice in each and every case which is investigated. To that end, the Violent Crimes Unit has established the Cold Case Homicide Detail.

Citizen input is a critical element to these investigations and we need your help to solve these cases. By utilizing this website, in partnership with the Scottsdale Police Department Violent Crimes Unit, you will be given the opportunity to help identify, locate, and apprehend violent offenders who prey upon our community. This is dedicated to the families and loved ones who were left behind without any closure.


Cold Case by definition:
Any murder, suspicious death, or missing person case that is not being actively investigated and all available leads have been exhausted.


Cold Case murders
normally fall into three categories:

  1. Unsolved: No known suspects.
  2. Unresolved: Suspect(s) known/suspected but never successfully prosecuted.
  3. Unidentified: Victim identity is unknown (Jane or John Doe).

Cold Cases can be evaluated for re-examination based on:

  • Legal considerations, such as statutes of limitations.
  • The identification of preserved physical evidence by the use of new technology.
  • Identification of suspect(s) based on advanced forensic laboratory analysis.
  • Newly documented leads have arisen within the last six months.
  • A relationship change involving suspects, witnesses, and investigative leads.

The Cold Case files currently number over 24 unresolved cases, the oldest being from 1965.


This site will profile cases on a regular basis encouraging anyone with information to contact the Cold Case Investigators with the goal of reaching a resolution. Information on active cases, and cases which may be known to the reader but not yet profiled, is welcomed.

Visitors to this site are urged to contact the Investigators at:

Email: coldcase@scottsdaleaz.gov

Phone: 480-312-COLD (2653)

You can also contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or www.silentwitness.org

Investigators welcome any and all information that is provided.


 

Carmen Owen

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DR (Departmental Report) #: 65-02719
Victim: Carmen Owen
Location: 7200 E Shea
Date: June 8, 1965

On June 11, 1965, Carmen Owen was discovered deceased at Scottsdale Rd and Shea. It is believed that Carmen was murdered three days prior on June 8th. The medical examiner concluded that Carmen was sexually assaulted and then beaten to death.


Marion Robinson

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DR #: 70-00752
Victim: Marion Robinson
Location: 76th St and Chaparral
Date: February 4th, 1970

On 02/04/70, Marion Robinson was discovered deceased in a canal at 76th St and Chaparral. Marion was originally reported missing in May of 1967.


 

Linda Tracey

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DR #: 74-06995
Victim: Linda Tracey
Location: 7777 E. Heatherbrae #205
Date: June 21, 1974

On 6/21/74 at 12:30 AM, Linda Tracey was found deceased at 7777 E. Heatherbrae #205 with a gunshot wound.


 

William Hartgraves

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DR #: 74-11219
Victim: William Hartgraves
Location: Drainage ditch just to the rear of 4611 N. Scottsdale Rd
Date: October 7, 1974

On 10/7/74 at 9:00 AM, William Hartgraves was discovered deceased in a drainage ditch just to the rear of 4611 N. Scottsdale Rd.





Douglas Mueller

Douglas Mueller

DR #: 77-03053
Victim: Douglas Mueller
Location: 23993 N. 74th Pl
Date Last Seen: 3/15/1977, working at 7630 E McDowell On March 15, 1977, Douglas Mueller failed to return home from his job at the Whiting Brothers station located at 7630 E McDowell. On 9/23/07 at approximately 3:45PM, a human femur bone was discovered by a Scottsdale resident while out on a walk. The femur was discovered at 23993 N. 74th Pl in the area of Los Portones and Thompson Peak Pkwy. It has been determined that Douglas Mueller was a victim of a homicide. UPDATE- IN JULY 2011 DNA CONFIRMED THE FEMUR BONE WAS THAT OF COLD CASE MISSING PERSON DOUGLAS MUELLER.
Channel 3 News story on the Mueller case



Patty Kerger

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DR #: 78-07800
Victim: Patty Kerger
Location: 56th St and Thomas
Date: June 10, 1978

On 06/10/78 at 9:28 PM, Patty Kerger was found deceased, lying in the southeast parking lot of 56th St and Thomas, from blunt force trauma and stab wounds.

 

Ken Avvenire

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DR #: 78-11241
Victim: Ken Avvenire
Location: 4925 N. Scottsdale Rd
Date: August 26, 1978

On 08/26/1978 at 2:10 PM, Ken Avvenire was found deceased at 4925 N. Scottsdale Rd. He was discovered in his hotel room with blunt force trauma and multiple stab wounds.

 

Karen "CRICKET" Davis

Davis

DR #: 85-03322
Victim: Karen "Cricket" Davis
Location: Desert southeast of Scottsdale Rd and Jomax Rd
Date: March 2, 1985

On 03/02/1985 at about 8:40 AM, human skeletal remains were discovered in the desert area southeast of the intersection of Scottsdale Rd and Jomax Rd. In August of 2005, the remains were positively identified as Karen Davis who disappeared from the housing projects in Phoenix around the first week of November,1984. An autopsy revealed the cause of death to be a gunshot wound.


 

Betty Fluharty

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DR #: 85-19477
Victim: Betty Fluharty
Location: 7035 E. Wilshire
Date: December 11, 1985.

On 12/11/1985 at 12:51 PM, Betty Fluharty was found shot in her bedroom at 7035 E. Wilshire.


 

 

Keith Stevens

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DR #: 88-02826
Victim: Keith Stevens
Location: Desert west of 32000 N Pima Rd
Date: February 13, 1988

On 02/13/88 at approximately 10:30 AM, Keith Stevens was found deceased in the desert area west of 32000 N Pima Rd with a gunshot wound.


 

 

William Shannon

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DR #: 89-11751
Victim: William Shannon
Location: 8108 E. Appaloosa
Date: July 3, 1989

On 07/03/1989, between 1130 hours and 1730 hours, William Shannon was discovered deceased with a gunshot wound.


 

 

Renata Bateman

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DR #: 93-03084
Victim: Renata Bateman
Location: 28460 N Pima Rd
Date: February 13, 1993

On 02/13/1993 at 5:10 PM, Renata Bateman was found deceased at 28460 N Pima Rd in Scottsdale, AZ after being beaten to death by an unknown object.


 

Eric Monahan

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DR #: 94-01197
Victim: Eric Monahan
Location: 409 N. Scottsdale Rd
Date: January 18, 1994

On 01/18/1994 at 11:30 PM, Eric Monahan was found shot at 409 N. Scottsdale Rd.



 

Mary Van De Water

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DR #: 94-26047
Victim: Mary Van De Water
Location: 8115 E. Westland
Date: December 16, 1994

On 12/16/1994 at 7:35 PM, Mary Van De Water was found deceased at 8115 E Westland in Scottsdale with an apparent gunshot wound.

 

 

Kimberly Nilson

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DR #: 95-08907
Victim: Kimberly Nilson
Location: Desert area of 18600 North Hundred block and 10400 East Hundred block
Date: April 12, 1995

On 04/12/1995 at 9:00 PM, skeletal remains were discovered in the desert area of 18600 N. Hundred block and 10400 E. Hundred block. The remains were positively identified as Kimberly Nilson who was reported missing from Tempe and last seen on August 22, 1994. The cause of death is still unknown.


 

 

Marek Galewski

Galewski

DR #: 96-11961
Victim: Marek Galewski
Location: 9117 E. Evans Dr
Date: May 18, 1996

On 05/18/96 at 9:36 AM, a welfare check was performed at 9117 E. Evans Dr. Officers upon entry discovered the body of Marek Galewski who had sustained a gunshot wound. The last time Marek was seen alive was April 30, 1996.


 

Jorge Quesada

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DR #: 96-29018
Victim: Jorge Quesada
Location: 14000 E Rio Verde
Date: December 16, 1996

On Sunday afternoon, 12/15/1996, at approximately 3:55 PM, a member of a filming crew reported the discovery of a deceased male body near 14000 E Rio Verde, in the south right of way. The male was later identified as Jorge Quesada. The cause of death was determined to be multiple gunshot wounds.




 

 

Darryll "Nikko" Raye

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DR #: 97-05013
Victim: Darryll “Nikko” Raye
Location: 11028 N 111th PL
Date: March 3, 1997

On 03/03/1997 at 9:20 PM, a dead body was discovered in a resident’s backyard. The victim was identified as Darryll Raye and was found to have a gunshot wound.


 

Jong Sun Kim

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DR #: 97-21830
Victim: Jong Sun Kim
Location: 1300 N. Scottsdale Rd
Date: September 26, 1997

On 09/26/97 at 8:20 PM, Jong Sun Kim was shot and killed by two unknown suspects during an armed robbery at 1338 N Scottsdale Rd in Scottsdale, AZ. The suspects physically fought with Jong Sun before shooting him and fleeing with merchandise into a white sports utility vehicle. The vehicle was last seen headed southbound on Scottsdale Rd.


 

 

Telasforo Delarosa

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DR #: 99-28962
Victim: Telasforo Delarosa
Location: 7150 E. Thomas (Taco Jalisco Restaurant).
Date: December 16, 1999

On 12/16/1999 at 8:20 PM, Telasforo Delarosa and two other victims were shot after an argument at 7150 E. Thomas (Taco Jalisco Restaurant). Telasforo died of her injuries while the other two victims survived. Suspects were last seen leaving in a Grey Cadillac.


 

 

Shawn Smith

Smith

 

DR #: 00-02870
Victim: Shawn Smith
Location: 23023 N Scottsdale Rd
Date: February 5, 2000

On 02/05/2000 at 12:30 AM, Shawn Smith and a friend were walking through the south parking lot of Rawhide when an individual approached the two men and drew out a knife. Shawn Smith was stabbed and airlifted to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn where he was pronounced dead.


 

 

Mary Fisher

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Brittney Fisher Robert Fisher Jr.

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DR #: 01-9328
Victim: Mary Fisher, Brittney Fisher, Robert Fisher Jr.
Suspect: Robert Fisher (Scottsdale's Most Wanted, FBI's Most Wanted)
Location: 2223 N 74th Pl
Date: April 10, 2001

On the morning of 04/10/01 at 8:42 AM, a residence at 2223 N 74th Pl exploded and burst into flames. Once the flames were extinguished, the bodies of Mary Fisher, Brittney Fisher, and Robert Fisher Jr. were discovered amongst the ruins. It is believed that the father, Robert William Fisher, murdered Mary, Brittney, and Bobby Jr. then ruptured the house’s gas line to conceal the homicides.

Robert Fisher is wanted for the murders of Mary Fisher, Brittney Fisher, and Bobby Fisher Junior. Robert Fisher is on the FBI’s ten most wanted list and is considered armed and dangerous.



 

 

Scott Ponsolle

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DR #: 01-19133
Victim: Scott Ponsolle
Location: 14715 N 78 Way, Suite 100
Date: July 25, 2001

On 7/25/01, Scott Ponsolle was discovered deceased in an Airpark business parking lot. Scott was supposed to meet someone who wanted work done on a Porsche and was called to the business parking lot at approximately 10:00 PM. Several witnesses later heard gunshots at approximately 10:30 PM. The Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be a gunshot wound.



 

 

Paul Smith

PaulSmith

DR #: 01-29593
Victim: Paul Smith
Location: 7320 N. Scottsdale Rd
Date: November 12, 2001

On 11/12/2001 at 9:47AM, Paul Smith was discovered deceased on the 2nd floor balcony outside of J. Chew & Co. It was determined that Paul Smith died as a result of blunt force trauma.



Anyone with information is urged to call the Scottsdale Police Cold Case Investigators at 480-312-COLD or E-mail at coldcase@scottsdaleaz.gov

 

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