Public Assistance Crucial In Unsolved Homicides

May 5, 2008

As science takes an ever increasing hand in police work, the Mesa Police Department, through DNA evidence, has now linked a 2007 kidnapping and sexual assault with two unsolved homicides in Mesa. The cases were linked within the past week when forensic evidence returned showing the connection.

The most recent case occurred on August 16, 2007 at approximately 1:30 p.m. At that time, a Hispanic female victim was walking near the intersection of Main Street and Horne in Mesa. As she was walking home, a white 4-door vehicle pulled along side her in the parking lot of a strip mall. She said that the attacker jumped out of the car and grabbed her before pulling her into the car and driving away. Although she was struggling with her attacker, she was pulled into the vehicle and driven to an unknown location where she was sexually assaulted.

The victim, naked from the assault, was able to flee the residence on foot. As she was running, she was able to get dressed and flag down a cab. She returned home where she called the police and the investigation began. As a part of that investigation, a sexual assault exam was done, which has now revealed the DNA evidence.

The DNA evidence in this case has been directly linked to the unsolved murders of two white females, Alisa Marie Beck in November of 2004 and Karen Jane Campbell in October of 2007.

The Mesa Police Department is seeking assistance from the public. Anyone who may have been in the area of Main and Horne on August 16, 2007 between the hours of noon and 2:00 p.m. and observed a woman struggling or being assaulted is encouraged to contact the Mesa Police Department. We are also seeking to contact the cab driver who picked up the victim and drove her home, or anyone who may have seen an unclothed woman running. We do not have a specific area of town where she fled from her attacker. We do believe that this occurred in Mesa.

Assistance by the public will be crucial in helping the police department in solving these homicides and sexual assault. Anyone with information is asked to call 480-644-5763.  



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Mesa, AZ 85211

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