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TCSO Cold Case Task Force serves search warrants in Dena Dean murder case

Dena Dean was last seen at the Town West Shopping Center in 1998. Her body was found six days later in a large field.

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- A break in one of Tulsa's biggest mysteries: the murder of Dena Dean.

Today, the Sheriff's Cold Case Task Force served a warrant for electronics in Creek County, after serving a warrant for DNA in Ark. on Tuesday.

After hundreds of interviews and leads over 19 years, a recent tip may be the biggest break in the case so far.

"The evidence we've been able to obtain in the last couple of weeks is significant," Investigator Doc Shannon with the Cold Case Task Force said.

Shannon says they have multiple persons of interest, including two: Michael and Robert Converse.

Dean was dating Michael at the time of her death, and Robert is his father.

"We have indications that there may be a familial match," Shannon said.

Unknown DNA was found at the crime scene, and that's what investigators are focused on now.

Recent evidence has them looking at Michael's uncle.

"Steven Converse is the man whose buccal swab was taken from yesterday," Shannon said.

Dean was last seen at the Town West Shopping Center in 1998. Her body was found six days later in a large field. With new evidence, her family is hopeful.

"I am pumped, I am ready to go, I want the results back from the DNA test," Dean's dad, Larry said.

The Dean's have never given up on finding the person who killed their daughter.

"We've kept it in the news; we've kept her name out there, and we are getting our answers now," Larry said.

They aren't about to stop now.

"I have said that for 19 years, I am not going to go away, I am going to fight until I get what I want," Dean's mom, Diana said.

Dean has now been gone longer than she was alive.

"She would be 35," Diana said.

Her family just wants closure.

"Just give me answers," Larry said.

"I want justice for my daughter," Diana said.

The Cold Case Task Force says it will be a few days before the DNA results are back.


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