Family of cold case murder victim holding candle vigil via social media

Published: 06/04/2020, 12:15 PM
Edited: 03/11/2021, 10:22 AM
(TULSA, Okla.) Saturday marks the 22nd anniversary of the unsolved murder of 16-year-old Dena Dean. At approximately 9:00pm on June 6, 1998, Dean left from work at the Marvin’s Food Store in the Town West Shopping Center, at 5616 W. Skelly Drive. She was never heard from again. Dena’s vehicle was discovered in the parking lot of the Marvin’s Food Store. On June 12, 1998, Dean’s decomposed body was located in a field, near a pond approximately two miles North of Town West near 51st Street South and 49th West Avenue. The Tulsa Medical Examiner ruled the manner of death as homicide. Normally, the Dean Family hosts a large memorial vigil on the anniversary of her death. Unfortunately, that won’t be possible this year due to COVID 19. Instead of holding a vigil, this year Dena’s parents are asking their supporters to light a candle in her honor at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, then share photos of your candles on social media. Anyone with information on the unsolved murder of Dena Dean, or any of TCSO’s unsolved homicides can contact TCSO’s Cold Case Task Force Office at 918-596-5723. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS. For more information about Dena’s murder and other TCSO Cold Cases:


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