A combination of new technology and leads from the public may help solve a 10-year-old murder case.
Norma Jean Jay was killed in Three Points in July 2006. Pima County Sheriff's Department cold case detectives said the killer or killers tried to cover their tracks by setting her house on fire.
The victim was repeatedly stabbed. Homicide detectives did find the murder weapon, but they have not found the person who killed Norma Jean Jay.
“We don't have an exact motive for this murder,” Det. Jason Davila said.
Detectives said there was no forced entry into the house.
“It leads me to believe that Ms. Jay knew her attacker or was comfortable enough with this person to allow them to enter her home,” said Davila.
Jay was 59 years old when her body was found inside her home.
In 2006, PCSD Public Information Officer Dawn Barkman said, “it is a possibility whoever murdered this woman was trying to cover up their tracks.”
That person not only set the house on fire, but cleaned up inside the home before doing so.
Had it not been for a passerby who saw the flames and tried to put it out with garden hose, detectives may have never found out how Jay was killed.
Detectives were able to collect a large amount of evidence.
“With the advances in the DNA areas, we might come across new evidence,” Davila said.
That is giving Lee Allyn hope. He is the victim's son.
“Anything that can help find the person that did this and bring them to justice would be great,” said Allyn.
He thinks about her daily.
“I miss her, especially when holidays come around," he said. "It is sad she is not part of my life anymore."
He desperately wants to help detectives find his mother's killer.
“If they witnessed it, heard somebody talk about it, you may have been afraid back then, please call up and please share any information you have," said Allyn.
Detectives need your help to solve this case. If you have any information, call 911. If you want to remain anonymous, call 88-CRIME.
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