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Crime Trackers: Detectives searching for new clues in murder of 15-year-old girl

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TUCSON- Cold Case detectives said the case may be over 30 years old, but it hasn’t been forgotten.

Margaret Carebetta was a 15-year-old sophomore from Sahuaro High School.

Detective Ryan O’Connor is now taking over the case that occurred on April 9th, 1982. Her body was found in the desert area off Craycroft Road and Pinchot Road.  She was reported missing by her mother two days before.

She was found by two women who were out on their early morning walk.

“Her hands were tied behind her back and she'd been beaten to death," said Det. O'Connor.

Autopsy reports show she was not sexually assaulted and toxicology reports indicated she didn’t have drugs or alcohol in her system.

Detectives say on April 7th around 11:00 p.m. her mother last spoke to her on phone.  She was working late and was checking on her daughter.

“Her mother returned home a little after midnight to find the door open and her daughter missing,” Det. O'Connor said.

They lived a little more than four miles from where the body was found.  Detectives say she was wearing a red night shirt and underwear.

“Based on the circumstances, we think it's probably somebody she knew," investigators said.  "There wasn't any forced entry to the house, so we believe someone was allowed into the house by her.”

The detective said he’s frustrated to have a case like this to go unsolved all these years.  They have hours and hours of audio tapes of people they've questioned.

He had a message for the killer and for the people who may know what happened.

“Perhaps they might come forward and want to get this off their chest.  The truth is it isn't going away.  They are going to have to live with it until they die and we’re not going to give up on the case.”

Detectives said Margaret and her family deserve justice. 

If you have information call 911, or if you want to remain anonymous, call 88-CRIME.

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