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Victim of 1987 killing in Arizona identified as Spokane teen

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MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities in southern Arizona say they've identified a teenage shooting victim killed in 1987 as being from Spokane, Washington.

The Marana Police Department announced Wednesday that DNA submitted by relatives for testing showed conclusively that the victim was Deanna Lee Criswell.

She would have been 16 years old when her body was found Nov. 25, 1987.

Marana police said advances in forensic science enabled them to identify Criswell's killer through DNA tests in 2011 as a convict who died in prison in 2005 while serving a life sentence for a series of armed robberies.

His identity was not released.

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