Murder suspect arrested in Tucson cold case

Murder suspect arrested in Tucson cold case
Brian Ferry is accused of killing a couple who traveled from Phoenix to Tucson in 2002. (Source: TPD)
Brian Ferry is accused of killing a couple who traveled from Phoenix to Tucson in 2002. (Source: TPD)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson Police cold case detectives made an arrest in a 13-year-old missing persons case on Wednesday, Jan. 28, and charged the suspect with murder.

Brian Ferry, 44, was booked into the Pima County Jail on two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the 2002 disappearance of a Phoenix couple, police say.

58-year-old Charles Russell and 42-year-old Catherine Nelson disappeared during a trip from Phoenix to Tucson to buy a motorcycle on Feb. 2, 2002. A missing persons report was filed in Phoenix after the couple did not show up for work on Feb. 6.

The next day, Tucson police located the couple's truck in a church parking lot near East 22nd Street and South 6th Avenue.

Detectives determined foul play was involved, but had no leads and the incident was cleared as an unsolved missing persons case.

TPD Sgt. Pete Dugan said over the past five years, new leads were developed and the department's cold case homicide unit re-opened the case with the assistance of the Pima County Attorney's Office. 

Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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