GUILTY AZ - Leesa Shaner, 22, abducted & murdered, Tucson, 29 May 1973

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  3. Richard

    Richard Well-Known Member

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    Leesa Jo Shaner (nee Miller)
    Abducted 29 May 1973 from Tucson, AZ
    Body found September 1973, Fort Huachuca, AZ

    Vital Statistics

    Age: 22
    Height: 5'9"
    Weight: 115 pounds
    Eyes: Blue
    Hair: medium blonde, shoulder length, parted in middle.
    Clothing: Last seen alive wearing a sleeveless navy blue pullover blouse with white trim, white levis, and brown sandals. Body was unclothed when found.


    Leesa Jo (nee Miller) Shaner was married to Gary Shaner, of the US Air Force, assigned to Kadena AFB, Okinawa. Leesa returned to Tucson from Okinawa to give birth to their son, and six weeks later, she, her newborn son, and 2 year-old daughter were at her parent's home awaiting Gary's return to the States.

    Gary called Leesa at the Miller residence the eve of 5/29/73 and advised he would arrive in Tucson aboard a TWA flight from San Francisco at 10:15 PM.

    A family celebration was in progress to celebrate Gary's return and their daughter's birthday.

    Leesa wanted to meet Gary alone at the air port and left the Miller residence at 9:25 PM driving her father's 1972 cream over bronze American Motors Javelin. Arizona License RLH-291.

    About 10:30 PM Gary called and reported that Leesa had not met him. Leesa's father, FBI Special Agent Miller immediately left for the airport assuming Leesa had car trouble en route. Meanwhile, other family friends searched alternate routes.

    Gary and SA Miller searched the TWA arrival area then found the Javelin in the airport parking lot. The driver's window was partially down, and Leesa's purse with money was lying open on rear seat. Vehicle keys and parking ticket stub were not located.

    No leads were developed in immediate searches by Tucson FBI, Tucson PD and Pima County Sheriff's Office.

    Leesa's unclothed remains were located on 9/16/73 in the remote Garden Canyon area of Fort Huachuca (a large Army Base near Sierra Vista, AZ), in a shallow grave in a dry stream bed adjacent to the rifle ranges. After autopsies the cause of death could not be isolated.
  4. Sleuthster

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    PHOENIX -- A Wisconsin man has been indicted in the 1973 slaying of an Arizona woman.

    The U. S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, and the FBI announced Friday that William Floyd Zamastil, 57, has been charged with first degree murder in connection to the killing.

    According to the indictment, Zamastil is accused of killing Leesa Jo Shaner, 22, in Fort Huachuca, Ariz., on or about May 29, 1973, while in the “perpetration of a rape.”

    Shaner was last seen while she had been on her way to the Tucson International Airport to meet her husband, who was returning home from an overseas military assignment

    Her body turned up four months later in the desert near Fort Huachuca, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

    Shaner's father, an FBI agent, made it his life’s work to find her killer. He passed away a couple of years ago. Another former FBI agent started a Web site to keep Shaner’s case alive.

    Articles on the Web site say that Shaner's father even offered up $10,000 of his own money as a reward for information in the case.

    Zamastil was been behind bars in the Waupun Correctional Institution in Wisconsin, serving a life sentence for the kidnapping, rape and murder of another woman, when he told a fellow inmate about Shaner's murder along with other crimes he'd committed, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice

    In October 2008, the Wisconsin Department of Justice announced it had received a $500,000 grant to apply newer DNA technology to cold cases. Shaner's case was one of those selected.

    Zamastil is now in federal custody pending trail, which could begin as early as October
  5. Richard

    Richard Well-Known Member

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    This suspect would have been about 20 years old at the time of Leesa's murder. He was probably a soldier at the time, since her body was buried on Fort Huachuca near the rifle range.

    I wonder how many others he kidnapped and murdered before he was finally incarcerated.
  6. thefragile7393

    thefragile7393 Chronically sleep deprived

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    Wow this is amazing that they've hopefully found the perp after all these years. I too am thinking he was a soldier too..or at least had business access to FH. I wonder what clues there are that led up to him.
  7. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    38 year old cold case finally closed

    Posted: Oct 20, 2011 5:19 PM
    Updated: Oct 20, 2011 6:42 PM


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