Husband arrested 30 years after wife, from Enumclaw, vanished in Arizona

Auburn police arrested a 53-year-old homeless man two weeks ago after police in Chandler, Arizona, issued a warrant for his arrest, accusing him of killing his wife in 1987. Both grew up in Enumclaw. Her remains have never been found.

Donna Mae Jokumsen was a 22-year-old mother of two when she disappeared in Chandler, Arizona, more than 30 years ago after phoning her father to tell him she was leaving her abusive husband and driving to Enumclaw with her young sons, according to police.

Jokumsen, who grew up in Enumclaw, has long been presumed dead. Police in the Phoenix suburb found no evidence she was alive after July 5, 1987, though her remains have never been found.

Three decades later, her husband, Kevin Jokumsen, was indicted in Arizona on a second-degree-murder charge and an extraditable warrant was issued for his arrest.

On Aug. 31, Jokumsen, a now 53-year-old homeless man with a lengthy criminal history, was arrested in an industrial area of Kent by an Auburn police detective who recognized him from earlier investigations, according to court records filed in Arizona and King County Superior Court.

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Jokumsen remains jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail in King County as he awaits extradition proceedings to return him to Arizona to face the murder charge, jail and court records show.

It wasn’t immediately clear what evidence led police to seek an indictment against Jokumsen for second-degree murder.

A Facebook page created by Donna Jokumsen’s mother and sisters indicate the case into her disappearance was reopened by a Chandler police detective in 2016. Efforts to contact the family were not successful Thursday.

 

According to a probable-cause statement from Chandler police, it was Donna Jokumsen’s mother who reported her missing on July 11, 1987, worried for her daughter’s safety after Donna Jokumsen and her children failed to arrive in Enumclaw. She told police that before the couple moved to Arizona, Kevin Jokumsen had a history of attacking his wife and had tried to kill her before, incidents that were reported to Enumclaw police in 1986, the statement says.

The day before Donna Jokumsen disappeared, she’d arrived at work at a restaurant in Mesa, Arizona with bruises and a split lip, the statement said. She told a co-worker that her husband had beaten her and she planned to leave him, according to the statement.

However, she said she was…

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