Glendale police seek help solving '87 homicide

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Orison "Jim" Chafin By Jennifer Thomas Orison "Jim" Chafin By Jennifer Thomas

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Glendale police are asking for the public's help to solve a 27-year-old cold case homicide.

The body of Orison "Jim" Chafin, 54, was found in the Resthaven Park Cemetery at Northern and 63rd avenues in the early morning hours of Aug. 8, 1987.

Police said Chafin had been brutally murdered.

Chafin was a disabled veteran and lived alone in a Glendale trailer park, according to police. He served in the Navy and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Police said he was last seen about midnight leaving a bar near Glendale and 59th avenues the night he was killed.

The motive was unknown, but investigators have received new information in this case. They believe there was a group of people who witnessed the murder at the cemetery and some of them may still be alive and reside in the area.

Many of Chafin's relatives are no longer living.

"No matter whether they have family left or not, whether they're alive or deceased, they still deserve justice," said Officer Tracey Breeden. "And we still have a duty to find the person who was responsible."

Investigators are seeking the community's help finding the person responsible for Chafin's murder.

Anyone with information is asked to call Glendale police detectives at 623-930-3173 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.