A special team of investigators with numerous countless hours on the task believes they are closer than ever to catching a killer, one who haunted Oklahoma for years.Crime Watch Daily
gos to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where a family that has been waiting an extremely long time might finally get the justice they so frantically deserve.It’s been 20
agonizing years given that Larry and Diana Dean have seen their sweet child Dena.Dena was an
honor student and a member of the marching band at Webster High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with imagine becoming a lawyer. However when Dena turned sweet 16, the fan of auto-racing stopped going after cars and trucks and took a sharp turn toward boys.Dena’s parents
thought she was just dating kids her own age. What Larry and Diana didn’t know was their daughter had actually privately been seeing a brand-new guy.
“I don’t believe her moms and dads would have approved of him,” said Carey Goldman, friends with Dena since very first grade. “I believe her moms and dads would have simply sensed that possibly he was a little too old for her or wasn’t the kind of kid they wanted their daughter with.”
Did Dena tell you about her sweetheart?
“She told me that she was seeing this young boy called Michael, which she truly liked him,” stated Goldman.That boy’s name is Michael Converse. The 18-year-old worked as a checker at Marvin’s grocery shop, drove a red pickup, and was the kid of regional minister Robert Reverse, who preached from his living room.Carey says Michael had a credibility as a teenage Casanova,
and the report around town was he frequented a wooded area near his home called”Fans Lane.”Typically on Saturday nights in the summer, Dena would go to the auto racetrack after
her shift at Arby’s to meet her family. On June 6, 1998, Dena has a last-minute change of plans.”She told me that this boy wished to talk with her when he left work and she asked me if she could,”said Diana Dean.”Michael Converse.” Since Larry and Diana didn’t know Michael, they told Dena she might go, however she needed to remain in the car park of the grocery store where he worked.”She said’ I’ll see y’ all in the house, you know, 10:30 or 11, when you get home,’which’s the last interaction I had with her,”said Larry Dean.”There was no red flags at all,”said Diana Dean.But by 11 o’clock, the red flags were gusting. By midnight Larry and Diana were in a full panic. A phone call– but
it’s not from Dena. It’s one of her sweethearts. “We got a call about midnight stating our automobile remained in the parking lot however Dena was no place around,”stated Diana.Larry visit the
shopping center searching for responses, and his child. He discovers Dena’s automobile parked right in front of Marvin’s grocery store, where she
was supposed to satisfy Michael.Store invoices reveal Dena bought a few treats in the market. She went through Michael’s check-out, and after that strolled outside to make a call.”Who she was talking with, I have no idea,”said Larry Dean.But it’s what Larry discovered inside Dena’s car that had him horrified.” Opened, windows were down,”stated Larry.” Her wallet remained in the car and a leftover sandwich was
in the car, so we understood something was incorrect, “said Diana.Larry told Diana to call the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Department and instantly begins browsing
for his little woman.” Everyone thought she was a runaway however me,” said Larry.”I understood better, Dena wasn’t going to run away.”We drove around behind the shopping mall and examined all the Dumpsters to see if
she remained in among them, “said Larry.” Because Dena wouldn’t have escaped. She needed to have actually been abducted and taken.” However by whom? A witness in the parking lot informed polices she saw a girl fitting Dena’s description combating with someone in a red pickup truck.” A truck pulled up there and she was walking beside this truck and was screaming and screaming at the people in the truck, they were arguing,”said Larry.Because the parking lot is next to a significant highway, investigators instantly presume Dena’s been kidnapped, perhaps in a case of human-trafficking. “I believe she entered into the truck, not voluntarily,” stated Larry.But then a strange letter surface areas that takes Dena’s mother’s breath away.”Dena had told Michael that she was pregnant on Thursday night,”said Diana Dean.Dena Dean was your common teen, on the honor roll at school, working part-time at a local fast-food
location and dating several kids. One night, when she went to
meet one of those kids, she never ever came home.Just 2 days before Dena disappeared, Carey Goldman says, Dena struck her new partner Michael Reverse with the stunning news.” She told him that she was pregnant,”Goldman informs Criminal activity See Daily.A couple of days later on Dena informs some buddies that Michael wishes to meet up after work to discuss their future. Eyewitnesses say they saw somebody who looked like Dena in the parking lot having a heated conversation with two men in a red pickup
truck.”I understood him to have a red truck, “said Goldman.And after the truck sped off, Dena was no place to be discovered.
“Dena had actually told the boy she was pregnant on Thursday night. He wished to speak to
her when he got off Saturday, and she never came home,”said Dena’s mother Diana Dean.Tulsa County sheriff’s investigators located Michael Reverse searching for Dena, and answers. But they’re floored by exactly what the 18-year-old and his dad, the Reverend Robert Converse, both need to state.”They kept stating that Michael didn’t even understand Dena
, Michael had never ever been out with Dena,”stated Diana.In reality Michael Converse told private investigators he was bowling at the time Dena went missing, and deputies validated his alibi.So if it wasn’t Michael, who was in that red pickup in the car park, and where is Dena Dean? Investigators begin to wonder if she was carried off by a total complete stranger.”Because of the area she was at, they could not state that she hadn’t been abducted by somebody taking a trip,”stated Diana.Days pass.
Hopes of discovering Dena alive fade.” They concerned us on Thursday night, I guess it was, and told us they
wasn’t looking for Dena anymore. They was trying to find a body, “said Larry Dean.”‘If Dena was still here,
she would have called somebody.’ “Still, deputies cannot assist however wonder if Dena’s reported pregnancy is somehow connected to her disappearance, so they return to Michael and ask him to take a polygraph test.”They give him 2 lie-detector tests, and he failed both of them,”stated Larry.At this point, investigators
think Michael Converse is lying.
Police officers draw up a triangular search grid determining the last three places Michael was seen on the night Dena disappeared: the parking lot, the bowling alley and his home.”They stated ‘We’re gon na search in that location to find Dena.
She’s there someplace,’ “stated Larry.Tragically, investigators didn’t have to search long. In a remote area referred to as”Fans Lane, “they discover Dena’s body. She had actually remained in a field breaking down for 6 days. Dena’s body was so badly mutilated and decomposed that the medical inspector
could not determine how she died.But there is one thing the autopsy validates without a doubt: Dena Dean was not pregnant.She was just making it up. “Yes,”said Dena’s buddy Carey Goldman. Why do you believe?”I do not know. I want I knew, “Goldman said.Some friends say it was a twisted joke. Dena was upset Michael had actually been overlooking her and wished to teach him a lesson. Those friends likewise declare they composed Dena a note showing Michael was distressed, and she needed to tell him it was all a joke. They state Dena went to the parking area that night to let Michael know he ‘d been pranked. “Dena had played a terrible joke and lost her life for it,”said Goldman.The Tulsa County District Attorney now thinks it’s developed intention. The D.A. presents the case to a grand jury, but there’s not enough proof to indict anyone.For nearly two
years Dena Dean’s case remained ice
cold– but not anymore.Inside a”war room” within the Tulsa
County Sheriff’s Department
lies the country’s only known civilian cold-case
task force.” I formed a job force of retired Tulsa cops, FBI, DEA, ATF, I indicate a group of just outstanding individuals,”said Mike Huff, coordinator of the Tulsa Cold Case Task Force.And they’re not simply any people offering. Despite the fact that they’re retired, these are 22 of the finest in business, with more than 1,000 years of experience between them.
And please do not ever question their motivation. They aren’t paid for this.
“For the families, “stated detective Doc Shannon.And now the task force could be on the brink of offering Dena Dean’s household the answers they’ve been patiently waiting for, for almost 2 decades.Sixty brand-new witnesses paint
a very vivid image of exactly what happened the night Dena Dean went missing.How did she die?”Well, undoubtedly she left from Arby’s and after that she went to the Marvin’s grocery store and waited on this young man to obtain off work,”stated Mike Huff.Michael Converse got off work about 10 o’clock that night. Investigators can now confirm another person appeared at the grocery shop prior to Dena: the Reverend Robert Reverse.” His father appears about 9:40,”said Mike Huff. “Twenty minutes before she went missing, he revealed up at that store.” Why?”That’s a$64 question, “stated Huff.It’s exactly what the job force has now discovered about the reverend’s actions the early morning after Dena went missing out on that has sounded the loudest alarms.”The dad appeared
at the shop wanting his child’s time card of that night,
clocking out that night,”said Huff. “He likewise wanted the soda bottle, if it was readily available, in a trashcan where his kid ran a checkout lane.
That time card showed the exact minute he clocked out of work. The bottle, that’s readily available DNA.
“At first, the son and
the daddy were persons of interest.”Michael Converse stated that he did not fulfill Dena Dean after he left work, and Robert Converse said that he did
not have any interaction with Dena Dean the night that she vanished,”stated Doc Shannon.”They just lied about the entire scenario. Lied about seeing her, lied about a relationship
. It’s just remarkable,” stated Huff.Is it possible among them was the killer? The response might be in the autopsy report. There
was one injury to Dena’s face private investigators believe might fix the secret.”She had a damaged mandible,”said Huff.”It wasn’t just a fracture. It was a damaged jaw.”Oklahoma’s volunteer cold case task force claims it’s sitting on a hotbed of explosive brand-new evidence and inching closer to solving the 20-year mystery of exactly what occurred to 16-year-old Dena Dean.Twenty-two retired however highly proficient detectives have been chasing after Dena Dean’s killer. And now they’re informing Criminal activity Watch Daily that they have evidence and eyewitnesses to prove Dena’s partner Michael Converse, whom she went to satisfy the night she disappeared, might have
been involved.The task force claims he asked Dena to satisfy him in a car park once she informed him she was bring his child. However investigators state when Dena got here to inform Michael she wasn’t really pregnant, he wasn’t alone. The cold-case task force claims Michael’s father, Minister Robert Reverse, was also waiting.Michael and his dad have actually been named individuals of interest, but both have actually repeatedly preserved they’re innocent for the previous Twenty Years. Their fingerprints were not discovered at the criminal offense scene. But the task force declares there is a new way to look at the old evidence.
And now they think new technology could help discover Dena’s killer.The retired investigators re-run the old evidence.
One of the new tools is called familial DNA. When they re-test the DNA at the scene, they get a hit. It’s not Michael Reverse, or his daddy, however it is a member of the Converse family.Investigators now believe the minister’s sibling Steven Reverse is in some way involved. He has actually never been accuseded of anything in connection to Dena’s death. However deputies did serve a search warrant to get a sample of Steven’s DNA. When they appeared to gather that sample, deputies claim Steven Reverse made exactly what they call a” spontaneous utterance.””
There’s a term in the law called’ Res gestae,’ which indicates a spontaneous utterance,”stated investigator Doc Shannon.” And the uncle said something that we’re really pleased to hear. I’m not going to inform you what it was, however it was truly great. We have actually established witnesses who have stated that the uncle was complicit in the abduction and death of Dena Dean.”Crime Watch Daily attempted to reach Steven Reverse for remark but might not find him. Investigators state the old evidence could likewise expose an entire new idea regarding who discarded Dena because field. They think retesting Dena’s clothing with brand new innovation might reveal 20-year-old fingerprints.All 3 Converse men continue to keep they had absolutely nothing to do with Dena Dean’s disappearance, or her death. We desired to offer them an opportunity to inform their side of the story.Michael Converse didn’t answer the door at this home. So next we headed to Minister Robert Converse’s house. But as we turned onto his street we were stopped dead in our tracks. While we remained in Robert Reverse’s area to go to his home down the street to speak with him about exactly what he understands about Dena’s murder when the constable’s department interceded and asked us to pull away so they could serve a search warrant It ends up soon after our interview with the cold-case task force, Tulsa County Sheriff’s deputies headed to Robert Converse’s house with a new DNA search warrant.”We’ve consulted with the D.A. We are placing ourselves to prepared this for prosecution,”said Mike Huff. “So we are marching downfield and we’re getting ourselves prepared for success. I feel actually strong that this is going to see the within a courtroom.” In the meantime, Diana and Larry Dean wait for the day they lastly get justice for
their little woman. “I’m looking for justice which’s all,”said Larry Dean.”I just wish to hear that judge say ‘Guilty,’then it’s all gone, the pressure, the unhappiness, whatever is over with. Yes, I’m still going to remember Dena, I’m still going to put the flowers out at the cemetery, however that Twenty Years of fighting
will be over with.”Investigators inform Criminal offense Watch Daily they are waiting on a few key tests to come back but that they think an arrest or a number of arrests are near.