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
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.