Man killed 24-years ago identified

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PHOENIX - A 24-year-old mystery involving the identity of a pedestrian who was hit and killed while walking on the freeway has been solved.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner positively identified the pedestrian as Antonio Rodriquez-Noyola, 48-years-old at the time of his death.

Rodriquez-Noyola was struck and killed while walking on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 near Warner Road at 1:50 a.m. on May 3, 1986.

His identity has remained unknown until recently.

The motorist who struck Rodriquez-Noyola stopped at the scene and was not criminally charged.

Rodriquez-Noyola was identified as part of an ongoing investigation funded by a federal grant through the Arizona Criminal Justice commission and the National Institute of Justice.

DPS worked with the medical examiner and others to locate fingerprints taken from the decedent at the time of his death and was able to compare them to a new national database operated by the FBI to get the positive match.

Notification of next of kin is pending.

The body was originally interred in Twin Buttes cemetery and will be re-interred there until family is able to decide where they would like to have the body relocated.

DPS and MCOME continue to work together to identify remains from cold cases through funding by federal grants.