LONG BEACH (CBS) — An unemployed 59-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested on suspicion of murdering an aspiring Long Beach model in 1985, authorities said Thursday.

Stafford Joel Spicer was arrested in Las Vegas on Tuesday in connection with the death of Joanne Marie Jones, 23, whose body was discovered by hikers on a dirt roadway in a remote area of Azusa Canyon, east of Highway 39 on East Fork Road on June 8, 1985.

KNX 1070’s Ron Kilgore reports Spicer is being held in the Las Vegas Detention Center and is awaiting extradition to California.

The coroner’s office determined that she had been stabbed to death, said Capt. Mike Parker of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.

Jones seemed to have disappeared after spending the weekend at her boyfriend’s Long Beach home on April 29. She left to go to work in West Covina, but never made it there, Parker said.

Several days later, Spicer, then 33, was spotted driving Jones’ car, a 1978 Chevrolet Camaro, in Long Beach. He was arrested, but there was insufficient evidence to pursue murder charges.

Sheriff’s Homicide Cold Case Detective Steve Davis re-opened the case in 2009 and uncovered DNA evidence that was presented to the District Attorney’s Office. The case was filed.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call Davis at (323) 890-5500.

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Comments (12)
  1. Jackie Winters says:

    Proof, you can break the law but will get caught, Congratulation to the LV Police department. A great way to make extra money is to turn in this kind of people as well as drug dealers.

    1. 4Justice says:

      Kuddos to Detective Davis!!!!

  2. barkerpatty says:


  3. 1st Responce says:

    Unemployed and homeless no doubt! Now were going to give him a roof, free food, tv, exercise rooms, great medical care, free legal representation and a trial that will drag on for the next twenty years and who knows what else for the rest of his life, at the expense of us, the tax payer. Why don’t we just leave him on the side of the road like he did to this girl.

    1. Bonnie Jones says:

      this girl was my sister, the guy was not homeless, it is an atrocious crime and the public needs to be kept safe from this person, god knows how many other crimes he committed because they didnt lock him up when they caught him driving her car, the fact that she was missing shouldve been a tip that he had something to do with it. Incarceration is the best thing all around
      This case was solveable the year that it happened had the authorities handled it correctly instead of dropping the ball so soon…

  4. 1st Response says:

    YEA YEA:>))

  5. unknown says:

    Does anyone stop and think there is two sides to a story before you go and make up your mind because the news or cops said it was him, It’s sad how people take what the news says and runs with it people do get wrongfully accused.

    1. 4Justice says:

      Obviously there was enough evidence to get an arrest warrant along with getting approval to DNA test. Duuuuuuh. Regardless of his side, he was connected in someway (“SUSPICION of MURDER”). I’m curious……why do u suppose he was driving her car???
      Can’t wait for the verdict!

    2. Bonnie Jones says:

      this was a stranger abduction, this was my sister, this man kidnapped her on her way to her car. There are two sides yes God his maker and his…he will be dealt with for absolutely certain. This man was a drug user according to information gathered and had just left a party in the early a.m.

    3. Concerned says:

      yes we know theres two side to every story but this time the cops was right . stop defending the dirt bag he did it and I hope he get his in jail like poked in th e — for every stab wound he gave her

  6. Jeanette says:

    I am a friend of Joanne’s family. They always knew it was him but didn’t have enough proof. This horrible crime nearly destroyed her mother. Save your compassion for someone who deserves it.

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