Arizona police reopen cold case, homicide victim has ties to Lincoln

Anyone with information about Bresson is asked to contact the Coconino County Sheriff's Office at (928) 226-5089 and ask for Detective Meyer.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Arizona police are seeking help from the public after reopening a cold case of a murdered man who had ties to the Lincoln community.

Chris Bresson would describe his father living somewhat of a nomad life, traveling across the country on a motorcycle. His father would end up in Arizona but that would be the last place he was ever seen.

“You know, it’s very heartbreaking because we had a good relationship. He was going to come back that spring, and help out on a house that we had bought and helped get it fixed up and stuff,” Bresson said.

On October 5th, 1995, Arizona officers found a dead body in the area of Forest Service Road 418, near the city of Flagstaff, Ariz. Arizona police ordered an autopsy and confirmed the man had been murdered.

For 21 years, the man found would only be known as John Doe as his identity could never be found.

“When he was discovered, it was unable to identify. We followed all the same procedures and investigative things that we could on everything else, in an attempt to identify him. We checked missing persons reports around the local area, within states, anything that may match what we had found, and all those leads were exhausted back in 95,” Jon Paxton with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said.

In August of 2016, DNA technology identified the victim as Robert Bresson, who was 56-years-old when police discovered the body.

After 21 years, Chris and his family finally had some answers about where their father went all those years ago. One mystery still remains, who killed Robert Bresson 26 years ago?

The last confirmed sighting of Bresson alive was near Why, Ariz. in 1995. Arizona police believe Bresson also had ties to Independence, Iowa.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office reopened the case and ask the public to assist in the investigation.¬†Anyone with information about Bresson is asked to contact the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office at (928) 226-5089 and ask for Detective Meyer.

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