Thirty years after Donna Mae Jokumsen’s disappearance in Chandler, Ariz., Auburn Police on Aug 28 arrested her husband on suspicion of second-degree murder.
Police later transferred Kevin Dale Jokumsen, 53, to King County Jail, where he awaits extradition to Arizona.
A grand jury indicted Mr. Jokumsen in the case earlier this year.
According to a story The Arizona Star published on Aug. 21, 1993, 22-year-old Donna Mae Jokumsen, a native of Enumclaw, was last seen on July 5, 1987, the day before she was to have separated from her husband.
Two days before her disappearance, according to the article, Donna Mae Jokumsen called her father in Enumclaw to say she was returning to her parents home there with her two sons, then 3 and 1.
She told her parents she would start the car trip on July 6. Five days later, Mrs. Douglas called Chandler Police to report her daughter missing, according to the Star.
Chandler Police went to the Jokumsen home and found then-23-year-old Kevin Jokumsen and both boys. Mr. Jokumsen never reported his wife of three years missing, police told the Star.
Without a body, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute.