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12/22/2011 12:55:00 PM
1997 Marisol Gonzalez murder case remains on Cottonwood PD radar
Between March 24-25, 1997, the Cottonwood Police Department began investigating the tragic death of Marisol Gonzalez and her son, Andrew.  She was found with a gunshot wound to the face in an alley just a short distance from her home. Her body was found about 7 a.m. in the alley. A memorial with a cross and flowers continues to stand today in the alley off Birch Street, between 13th and 14th Streets.
Between March 24-25, 1997, the Cottonwood Police Department began investigating the tragic death of Marisol Gonzalez and her son, Andrew. She was found with a gunshot wound to the face in an alley just a short distance from her home. Her body was found about 7 a.m. in the alley. A memorial with a cross and flowers continues to stand today in the alley off Birch Street, between 13th and 14th Streets.
Marisol Gonzalez
Marisol Gonzalez

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter


COTTONWOOD -- The Cottonwood Police Department recently re-opened its investigation and increased the reward for information into the 1997 homicide of Marisol Gonzalez and her unborn son, Andrew. The case is considered a double homicide.

Between March 24-25, 1997, the Cottonwood Police Department began investigating the tragic death of Marisol Gonzalez and her son, Andrew. She was found with a gunshot wound to the face in an alley just a short distance from her home. Her body was found about 7 a.m. in the alley.

A memorial with a cross and flowers continues to stand today in the alley off Birch Street, between 13th and 14th Streets.

At 17 years old, Marisol was a Mingus Union High School student. She was 9 months pregnant with her unborn son, Andrew. She wanted to attend Yavapai College and become a teacher.

The bodies are buried together in the Cottonwood Cemetery.

There have been many leads but the case has not yet been solved. The police department has tested DNA, and run polygraph tests. When the case was re-opened in 2008, new trace evidence was recovered.

"This is the type of case you never forget, certainly not for the family members, not the officers and the investigators assigned to investigate it and not the community members. When something like this happens everyone is affected. It's a horrific crime and it's a tragedy, said Police Spokesman, Sergeant Gareth Braxton.

"But we're dedicated to solving this crime and bringing resolution to the family. However we can't do that alone, which is why we need the public's help. Someone out there knows something about this crime and regardless of how insignificant you feel that information may be, we need to hear from you."

Marisol's youngest brother, Angel, said, "It has been 15 years. At first, we were very upset not to see anything happening. We had just moved from Southern California three years before because of the amount of violence there.

"There's not one day that goes by that we don't think about my sister and our nephew. Marisol was my best friend and she will always be in my heart and mind. We are thankful for the persistence of all the detectives working on my sister's case."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Yavapai County Silent Witness Program at 1-800-932-3232 and remain anonymous you may contact Cottonwood Police Department."

Silent Witness is currently offering an $11,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s).

Taylor Waste
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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011
Article comment by: Michelle Hayman

I have thought of this young lady and her unborn child, since this horrible crime happened. My heart and prayers go out to the family and friends of this beautiful young lady. I certainly hope, at long last, the monster that did this is found and brought to justice.



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