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Sep 25, 2012 8:26 PM

Jailed man arraigned for 2002 murder of woman in midtown

TUCSON - Over 10 years after a 50-year-old woman was stabbed and killed by an unknown suspect in midtown, Tucson Police have issued an arrest warrantfor the murder to a man serving time for an unrelated homicide.

On September 6, 2002, Herlinda Pariseau was found stabbed near Fort Lowell Road and Stone Avenue by a passerby, according to a news release from Tucson Police. She succumbed to her injuries and died. At the time, there was very little information for Homicide Units detectives, and eventually, the case went cold.

In May of 2011, new information came to light and the investigation was reinitiated, the release states. Cold Case Unit detectives developed the information and determined that 37-year-old Saul Virgen was the suspect in Pariseau's death. Virgen had been incarcerated with the Arizona Department of Corrections for an unrelated homicide.

An arrest warrant for First Degree Murder was obtained on August 31, 2012 and served to Virgen. On September 25, Virgen made his initial appearance and arraignment for this case, the release states.

"This case exemplifies the continuing commitment of the Tucson Police Department to follow-up on every possible lead in an effort to solve investigations," police officials stated in the news release. "Cases can be solved when someone comes forward with information that they think is insignificant."

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