A man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his wife in Chandler in 1987, officials said.
Auburn, Washington, police arrested Kevin Dale Jokumsen, 53, on Aug. 31.
He is being held in a county jail in Washington awaiting extradition to Arizona, according to a press release sent out by the Chandler Police Department on Wednesday.
He faces a charge of second-degree murder, officials said.
Jokumsen’s wife, Donna Mae Jokumsen, 22, was last seen on July 5, 1987.
Her body has not been found, officials said.
The woman was living in a Chandler home near Ray and Alma School roads with Kevin Jokumsen and their two children.
Donna Jokumsen had made a call to her father in Washington saying that she would visit him with her children, the police press release said.
Nearly a week later, she and her children never arrived at her parents’ home, the press release said.
Donna Jokumsen’s mother, Mary Douglas, contacted Chandler police on July 11, 1987, and reported her missing, officials said.
When Chandler officers showed up at the Jokumsen home, they found Kevin Jokumsen with both children. Donna Jokumsen was not there and had not been heard from since, according to the police press release.
While officers searched the home, Kevin Jokumsen said he had no idea where his wife was but claimed that several times in the past she left and stayed away for a few days, according to Maricopa County Superior Court documents submitted by police after his arrest.
Kevin Jokumsen had never contacted the police about the status of his wife, the documents stated.
Police contacted Mary Douglas again, and she reported a history of domestic violence between her daughter and Kevin Jokumsen, claiming the man tried to kill his wife before, the documents stated.
The Enumclaw Police Department in Washington had records of domestic violence, which Kevin Jokumsen denied when first questioned in 1987, according to court documents.
Also that year, a friend of Donna Jokumsen told officers that on July 4, Donna arrived at her workplace in Mesa with a red face and split lip. She said her husband had beaten her, the court records state.
According to the friend, Donna Jokumsen was planning on leaving her husband because of the violence, court records state. Donna Jokumsen also told her that Kevin Jokumsen often beat her, tore her clothes off and raped her, court documents said.
Kevin Jokumsen was questioned several times by investigators, and documents said he could not maintain eye contact and showed a lack of concern for his wife.
However, in one situation, officers reported that Kevin Jokumsen sobbed at the possibility of his wife being dead. He said his wife was too strong for anything to happen to her, the records said.
Later in the investigation, Kevin Jokumsen was given a polygraph exam that indicated he was not telling the truth on questions regarding his wife.
In 2013, the Chandler Police Department’s Robbery and Homicide Unit reviewed the original investigation and interviewed original and new witnesses, officials said.
Because there is no evidence that Donna Jokumsen is still alive, investigators think she died in Kevin Jokumsen’s presence, records said.
In 2017, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office indicted Kevin Jokumsen in the murder of his wife after the case was presented, the Chandler police press release said.
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