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Missing Arizona mom, Julie Grubaugh, case is now a murder investigation

Julie Grubaugh

A missing Arizona mom, Julie Grubaugh, is the subject of a case that has been reopened after more than 25 years in Phoenix. Reportedly, the skeletal remains that were found just south of Phoenix in 1988 have been identified according to the Phoenix Police Department, says a Fox News story on Friday evening.

The Phoenix Police Department has said that the remains of Julie Grubaugh – the missing Arizona woman – were identified via DNA technology. As of this discovery by the Phoenix police, the case now becomes a homicide investigation.

Julie Grubaugh, 25 years old at the time of her disappearance, was reported as a missing person by her family. Her family, who did not reside in Arizona, reported her missing on Nov. 27, 1986.

At the time of her disappearance, Grubaugh had just moved to Arizona from Michigan. She moved to the Phoenix area with her ex-husband and her two young children.

Grubaugh’s ex-husband claimed that he had dropped his ex-wife off at the Greyhound bus station in downtown Phoenix on Nov. 2, 1986. That date was the last time anyone had seen or heard from Grubaugh. Grubaugh’s remains – which have just been identified - were discovered in Pinal County in April of 1988. There are no suspects in the case at this time.