Cold Case Files

The Mesa Police Department is reinvestigating unsolved homicides, also known as "cold cases." This site is an attempt to reach out to the members of our community and develop leads and information that will aid in the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for these crimes.

The Mesa Police Department is asking for your help in solving the city's unsolved homicides. The following is a synopsis of cold case homicides for the City of Mesa. If you have information that would assist us in solving these senseless deaths, please contact the Mesa Police Department using one of these options:

  • Call the Mesa Police Department Homicide Unit at 480-644-4236 or 480-644-4172.
     
  • Use any of these options (online form, text message, smart phone app).
     
  • Call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (480-948-6377) or 1-800-343-TIPS.  You may remain anonymous and possibly receive a cash reward.

 


Date of Homicide: August 6, 1994 (Saturday)
Location: 1233 S. Gilbert Road, Mesa AZ
Fry's Grocery Store
Composite of Homicide Suspect On the above date at 12:11 a.m., the listed suspects started a fight with several subjects at the above location. Suspect #2, pictured at left, allegedly pulled a gun and fired it, killing one subject. The suspects got into the listed vehicle and were last seen westbound on Hampton from the shopping center parking lot.  Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Witness.

Suspect #1: Hispanic male; 20 to 26 years old; 5' 8" tall; 120 to 130 lbs.; thin build; black or dark brown shoulder-length curly hair, bushy at bottom; moustache; goatee.

Suspect #2 (composite): Hispanic male; 16 to 17 years old; 6' to 6' 2" tall; 160 to 165 lbs.; thin build; dark brown or black hair shaved close on the sides and combed straight back; possibly a light moustache.

Vehicle: 1972 to 1976 Chevrolet full-size pickup, primer gray color, red Arizona license plate.

Name:  Vernon Bowman
Date of Homicide:  July 11, 1983 (Monday)
Location:  1900 block of West Lindner, Mesa AZ
Photo of homicide victim Vernon Bowman  The Mesa Police Department is investigating the brutal death of 48-year-old Vernon Bowman, whose body was found in his residence. Vernon had a small circle of friends and one or more of his friends may have information related to this investigation.

Please contact the Mesa Police Department or Silent Witness.

Name: Mindi Chambers
Date Last Seen: October 19, 1982 (Tuesday)
Location: 2100 block of East University, Mesa AZ
Photo of homicide victim Mindi Chambers

Mindi Chambers - what she may look like in 2013
The Mesa Police Department is investigating the disappearance of 17-year-old Mindi Chambers, who was last seen walking her step-sister to school. She was not reported missing until April 17, 1995. One of her high school friends may have information related to her disappearance.

Top photo is when she disappeared. Bottom photo is what she may look like today.

Please contact the Mesa Police Department or Silent Witness.

Name: Yvone E. Rettig
Date of Homicide: January 31, 2004 (Saturday)
Location: 7700 block of East Frito, Mesa AZ
photo of homicide victim Yvone Rettig The Mesa Police Department is investigating the homicide of 39-year-old Yvone E. Rettig, whose body was found in her residence.

If you have information that would assist detectives in solving this homicide, please contact the Mesa Police Department or Silent Witness.

Name: Pamela Newton
Date of Homicide: April 11, 1978  (Tuesday)
Location: 200 South and 2500 West (railroad track), Mesa AZ
photo of homicide victim Pamela Newton The Mesa Police Department is investigating the homicide of 13-year-old Pamela Newton, whose body was found near the railroad tracks in West Mesa.

If you have information as to the person responsible for the murder of Pamela Newton, please contact the Mesa Police Department or Silent Witness.

Name: Rondell Echoles
Name: Tyrone Phillips
Date of Homicide: June 6, 2006 (Tuesday)
Location: 900 block of South Dobson, Mesa AZ
photo of homicide victim Rondell Echoles The Mesa Police Department is investigating the homicide of 25-year-old Rondell Echoles and 27-year-old Tyrone Phillips, who were found in an apartment deceased.

If you have information that would assist detectives in locating the person or persons responsible for their murder, please contact the Mesa Police Department or Silent Witness.
Rondell Echoles  
photo of homicide victim Tyrone Phillips  
Tyrone Phillips  

Name: Frances O'Donnell
Date of Homicide: June 22, 1988 (Wednesday)
Location: 400 block of North Hibbert, Mesa AZ
photo of homicide victim Frances O'Donnell The Mesa Police Department is investigating the death of 21-year-old Frances O'Donnell whose body was found in her residence. The composite sketch is a description given to police by witnesses who saw this person leaving the victim's residence shortly before she was found.
composite sketch of possible homicide suspect If you have information as to the person responsible for the murder of Frances O'Donnell, please contact the Mesa Police Department or Silent Witness.

NOTE:  This composite sketch is a similarity composite of the person seen on June 22, 1988 and may not reflect this person's physical characteristics of today.

Name: Loretta Lynn
Date of Homicide: June 14, 1988 (Tuesday)
Location: 4700 block of East Camino Street, Mesa AZ
photo of homicide victim Loretta Lynn The Mesa Police Department is investigating the death of 26-year-old Loretta Lynn whose body was found in her residence.

If you have information as to the person responsible for the murder of Loretta Lynn, please contact the Mesa Police Department or Silent Witness.
   

 

 

Mesa Police Department
PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211

Main Number
480-644-2030 (M-F/8a-5p)

Emergency
9-1-1

Non-Emergency
480-644-2211, option 2