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Over 150 homicides have gone unsolved in the East Valley

Records stretch back to the 1970s


Jennifer Lynn Beede died under some of the most inhumane circumstances imaginable.

Her body was found by a bicyclist in the North Phoenix desert last year stuffed in a suitcase with a gunshot wound to the head and a dog leash wrapped around her neck.

She had been beaten, forced to prostitute herself and coerced into eating dog food and committing bestiality before she was made to climb into the suitcase in which she was eventually shot and dumped, according to Maricopa County Superior Court records.

And now her alleged killers are facing the death penalty for charges ranging from kidnapping to first-degree murder and bestiality.

Suspects Jose Jaquez and Crystal Hulsey are being held in lieu of $1.5 million bond each.

Police were able to make an arrest because they had been investigating Jaquez and Hulsey for another crime.

The two had allegedly been involved in a scheme to meet someone off the Tinder dating website for a hook up and then forced him to drive to a bank to retrieve money from his bank account. When they investigated the car, registered to Jaquez, they found blood in the vehicle.

Many homicides go unsolved in the East Valley.

Mesa has 118 unsolved homicides on the books going back to 1974.

Tempe has 48 unresolved homicides going back to 1927.

Paradise Valley has one unresolved homicide on its books.

The Scottsdale Police Department did not report how many unresolved homicides it has on the books. The Arizona Department of Public Safety reports there have been 30 homicides in Scottsdale between 2018 and 2022 and all have been solved.

A DPS spokesman said the department only collects crime stats.

“We do not theorize why crime trends change,” DPS spokesman Bart Graves said.

Scottsdale Police Department Sgt. Allison Sempsis said it is difficult to explain why homicides go unsolved in general because each case is unique.

J. Graber can be reached at jgraber@iniusa.org. We invite our readers to submit their civil comments pro or con on this issue. Email AZOpinions@iniusa.org.