07-05-2014, 05:07 AM #1
OK - Dena Dean, 16, Tulsa, 6 June 1998
On June 6, 1998, Dena left Marvin's store at the Town West Shopping Center after telling her mom she was going to meet a boy to talk.
She was never heard from again, and a week later, her body was found in a field not far from there and her car left in the parking lot...
The family believes Dena's killer was the boy she went to meet that day, but even with new fingerprint and DNA technology, there has never been enough evidence to make an arrest.
"What we believe is that this was not random," said Tulsa County Sgt. Shannon Clark. "That somebody in her social network was the perpetrator of this crime. There are people in that group that may have information."
Investigators have gone back to interviews done in the days while Dena was still missing and gone back over physical evidence from the field where her body was found. Investigators believe new fingerprint techniques and new DNA testing can reveal new facts.
"We're also looking at our physical evidence. We have some specific pieces of evidence from the scene that were collected and we're doing research on new testing to see what can be done with those," said Tulsa County Sheriff's Sgt. Gary Frazier...
The cause of death was never determined because of the condition of the body but the medical examiner did conclude it was a homicide.
02-13-2015, 11:50 PM #2Registered User
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New DNA lab brings hope to victims' families
Feb. 13, 2015
http://www.fox23.com/news/news/local...amilies/nj97Z/TULSA, Okla. —
New DNA technology gives crime victims and families hope
The city of Tulsa Forensic Lab is one of the first labs in the country to use a state-of-the-art laser that can separate a suspect and victim’s DNA cells in samples that are too mixed. Police and victims told FOX23 that they hope the new technology will help solve more cases and reduce DNA testing backlog.
West Tulsa resident Diana Dean has high hopes as well. She is the mother of Dena Dean, who was slain in 1998.
She prays this new laser cracks her daughter’s case. Wilson (Tulsa Forensic Lab Manager) says that if there is enough DNA evidence left in Dena Dean’s case, they could use the laser to try and get a clearer DNA profile.
“As the years go by, [my family] keeps hoping that there is something new or something better that will come up and help [the case],” Diana said.
She keeps Dena’s memory alive by telling her story whenever she can while she waits for the day, she can finally have justice.
“I have to fight for her. She doesn’t have a voice, so I have to fight for her.”
The lab will start using the laser sometime in the summer.
06-06-2016, 07:01 PM #3Registered User
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Tulsa Co. Sheriff's Office announces creation of new Cold Case Task Force
Alongside the family of a murder victim whose case has gone unsolved for 18 years, Tulsa Co. Sheriff Vic Regalado announced the creation of a new Cold Case Task Force.
“We know that we are responsible and owe them a debt of closure,” said Sheriff Vic Regalado.
Sheriff Regalado made the announcement on the 18th anniversary of the murder of Dena Dean , whose body was found in a field a week after she disappeared from the Town West shopping center.
"It gives me renewed hope. I feel it's kind of been stale for the last few years. I know that they've been working on it, but I still think the fresh eyes is gonna help," said Dena's mother Diana.
06-25-2016, 05:17 PM #4On Wednesday, a new investigation into these cases began as the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office started tackling 28 of Tulsa's unsolved murders.
Mike Huff solved some of the highest-profile murders in Tulsa's history in his 31 years as a Tulsa police detective. He's currently head of the International Association of Cold Case Investigators.
"There are some cases here from decades ago," Huff said.
"I hope they find the answers to ours, but as long as they find the answers to one," Larry Dean, Dena's father said.
The cases will be reassessed by a Cold Case task Force, made up of 10 members, from retired Tulsa police and FBI investigators, to homicide detectives among many others.
08-19-2016, 06:16 AM #5Registered User
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TCSO Task Force Making Progress On 18-Year-Old Cold Case
Months after the sheriff’s office started it’s Cold Case Task Force, there could be a break in an 18-year-old cold case.
The task force has 28 cold cases needing to be solved; Dena Dean is one of them.
"My advice to the perpetrator would be, don't buy any green bananas," said forensic profiler, Dr. Richard Walter.
"Do I expect some success in this case, yes. Why? Because the perp made some mistakes," Walter said.
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