Suspect Arrested in Genevieve Tetpon Homicide
Contact: Lt. David Parker
On 2-4-11 at 11:00 hours Alaska time, Anchorage Police Department Homicide Detective David Cordie assisted the South Dakota US Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force and the Spearfish, South Dakota Police Department in arresting 28 year old former Anchorage resident, Derrick Torian, for the March, 2000 murder of Genevieve Tetpon. Genevieve Tetpon’s body was found in a wooded area just east of Arctic Valley Road which serves as a frontage road for the Glenn Highway near the main entrance to the Ft. Richardson side of Joint Base Elmendorf Fort Richardson on 3-22-2000. She was 28 years old at the time of her death. The arrest warrant was issued by authority of an Anchorage Grand Jury indictment on 2-3-11. Torian was arrested without incident at his place of employment in Spearfish, South Dakota.
At the time of the homicide, Torian was a high school student in Anchorage. APD Homicide Detectives have worked the case over the intervening years as new leads and new evidence processing procedures have become available. Grant funding through the US Department of Justice enabled detectives to utilize advancements in DNA technology to link Torian to Genevieve Tetpon’s remains.
MySpace photo Derrick Torian
Torian will remain in custody while he awaits extradition proceedings in South Dakota.
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