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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 cases.

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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