Police arrest man wanted in connection with 1976 cold case
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - After more than 37 years, the man suspected of killing Donna Smith in March of 1976 has been apprehended and charged for the crime.
Sgt. Maria Hawke tells KGUN that Smith was 20-years-old and she was found deceased at her residence in the 1000 block of East Mossman.
Tucson Police Detectives learned that Smith was living with her boyfriend, 66-year-old Bruce McCullough (28-years-old at the time of the incident).
During their investigation, detectives identified McCullough as the suspect of the homicide, said Hawke.
Police were not able to locate him, as it appeared that he had fled from the Tucson area. Efforts to locate him were unsuccessful and the case eventually was classified as a “cold case.”
In both 2003 and 2008, detectives reviewing this cold case came to conclusions that mirrored those of the original detectives from 1976, namely that McCullough was the suspect who Donna Smith in March of 1976.
Unfortunately, in both 2003 and 2008, his whereabouts were still unknown, and no further action could be taken with the case, said Hawke.
In January of 2013, detectives completed another review of the investigation surrounding the death of Smith and a break finally came in the case. Detectives were able to develop information regarding the possible location of McCullough in California.
Along with the assistance of the San Diego Police Department, Tucson Police located McCullough at his residence in the San Diego area.
McCullough has been arrested and charged with one count of first degree murder.
Police detectives located Smith’s elderly mother, who still resides within Arizona, delivering the news that her daughter’s killer had been located and brought to justice.