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April 1, 2013

Diana Perkins (Silent Witness)

Phoenix Police Sgt. Darren Burch called this one "a true whodunit."

He's talking about the April 24, 1987, murder of 34-year-old Diana Perkins.

"All we know is she was murdered inside her home, she was stabbed to death and we have nothing more to go on," said Burch.

Perkins lived in a home near 56th Avenue and Coronado. A mother of four, her 2-year-old son was there with her when she was stabbed to death.

She was a detention officer and her father was a retired MCSO deputy. Two of her sons are also now in law enforcement.

Diana's younger sister, Lattice, describes her as "just a really good person." She said more than 500 people showed up for her funeral, a testimony to the kind of person she was.

Diana graduated from Maryvale High School. After college, she followed in her father's footsteps and got into law enforcement.

Lattice said she would do anything for you. She didn't care what kind of situation you were in, she'd try to help. Diana loved going to church every week and loved spending time with her children.

Lattice said she also loved helping the homeless. Diana was described as quirky and Lattice said she liked to tell corny jokes.

And though decades have passed since she was killed, the pain of her family's loss is still fresh.

"No, it hasn't lessened at all," said Lattice.

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About the Author


Years with the company: 16

More on what you do (at work): I put up with Mac & Gaydos every day as well as writing and anchoring newscasts and doing some reporting. I also produce Silent Witness which airs every Monday morning.

Education: I started in radio during high school and kept with it. I also graduated from modeling school, but quickly realized it isn't what I love to do…radio is.

Family: Married. One pet…a cat named Molly (but she thinks her name is Princess).

Favorite food: I love anything cheesy or chocolaty.

Favorite spot in Arizona: Our family cabin in Strawberry.

Favorite news memory: Too many to list but I remember one time I helped rescue a litter of puppies found in a hole on an empty lot…

Favorite movie: I like too many to list any one as a favorite. I don't like sad movies so my LEAST favorite is Marley & Me!

First job: Washing dishes at the restaurant my friend's parents owned when I was 13.

First concert: Rick Springfield at the Arizona State Fair in 1981.

#1 sports team: Suns and Diamondbacks

Outside interests: I sing with the band at church, I bake, I read and I treasure hunt at thrift stores and yard sales. I also love to travel…but not if I have to drive.

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