For over a decade, the murder of 56-year-old Ernest Frolich has remained unsolved. Marana police detectives are working to solve it.
It was the only homicide in 2003. Frolich had gone to a sports bar to watch Super Bowl XXXVII. He had parked his RV in a parking lot at Thornydale and Orange Grove roads. He was found dead the next day.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their first Super Bowl by defeating the Oakland Raiders 48 to 21.
Frolich watched the game at Famous Sam’s; a place he frequented.
“Whenever Ernest was going to be drinking, he would take his motor home and he would just spend the night in the motor home,” said Sgt. Terry Evans who was a detective at that time.
He said during a game of pool, Frolich got into an argument with the man he was playing against.
“This individual thought Ernest had too much to drink," said Evans. "That's what supposedly the argument was about.”
Detectives said they did question him, but nothing came of it. They believe another argument took place in the parking lot later that evening.
"There was blood evidence found outside the motor home, which indicated there was an argument of some sort outside the motor home," Lt. Tim Brunenkant said. "He was able to get inside the motor home, and eventually passed away."
He died of blunt force trauma to the head. His wife made the gruesome discovery the next day. She became concerned when he didn't answer his phone.
“She was devastated, obviously surprised," said Brunenkant. "There was obvious signs that this was not a natural death. This was a suspicious death.”
Detectives said robbery was ruled out. They said valuables were still inside the motor home and Frolich had money on him.
In 2007, there was newly discovered DNA as investigators combed through boxes of evidence.
“To this point, we haven't had a match or anything that's been returned," said Brunenkant.
Detectives said they want to solve this case and are asking for your help.
“We encourage that, that would allow us to continue our investigation and put the pieces together to bring someone to justice,” said Brunenkant.
If you have information, call 911 or if you want to remain anonymous call 88-CRIME.