Man arrested in 2002 disappearance of Phoenix couple

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Tucson police say a 44-year-old man has been arrested as a result of a cold-case homicide investigation. The Phoenix couple disappeared more than a decade ago.

Police say Brian Ferry was arrested Wednesday and booked into jail on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder.

According to Tucson police, 58 year-old Charles Russell and 42 year-old Catherine Nelson traveled to Tucson on Feb. 6, 2002 to buy a motorcycle but never returned home.

Police the next day found the truck they had driven to Tucson. It had been abandoned in a church parking lot.

Foul play was suspected, but the case remained cold until new leads were developed in the past five years.

It's not clear whether the couple's remains have been located.

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