Cold case: Arizona man arrested in Washington in wife's disappearance

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities say an Arizona man has been arrested in Washington state in connection with the disappearance of his wife more than three decades ago.

Chandler police announced Wednesday that 53-year-old Kevin Jokumsen is being held in the King County Jail awaiting extradition to Arizona.

They say Jokumsen was arrested on Aug. 31 by Auburn police on suspicion of second-degree murder. He was indicted in the case earlier this year.

Chandler police say 22-year-old Donna Mae Jokumsen was last seen on July 5, 1987. Two days earlier, she telephoned her father in Washington state to say she was returning home with her two children, but never arrived.

She was reported missing on July 11, 1987. Chandler police went at the family's home and found then 23-year-old Kevin Jokumsen and both children, but Donna Mae was gone.

"This incident remained open, but was classified as a missing person case.  In 2013, detectives from the Department’s Robbery/ Homicide Unit conducted a thorough review of the original investigation.  All living witnesses were re-interviewed and new witnesses, who were either not identified or did not come forward during the original investigation, were interviewed.  Coupled with the fact there is no evidence to suggest Donna Mae is still alive, investigators believe Donna Mae died at the hands of Kevin Jokumsen," stated CPD Detective Seth Tyler.

Jokumsen is currently being held in the King County, WA jail awaiting extradition back to Arizona.

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