Alison Mims and Michael Francis found deceased

My contact with the Phoenix Police Department emailed me saying Alison Marie Mims, a nineteen-year-old missing from Phoenix since 1980, has been found dead. Her partial remains were actually found in 1987 — he didn’t say where — but it wasn’t until now that they were identified, with the help of DNA.

Another informant says Michael Francis was identified in August. Back in June I wrote that they found his possible remains, but I didn’t hear anything else about it until now. Michael was 21 when he was abducted off the street, shot and forced into a car trunk. A man was charged with his murder, but at the first trial, the judge declared a mistrial due to prejudicial testimony; the second time the jury hung. I heard the third trial was to take place in December but I can’t find anything about it.

Michael Francis possibly found

The cops think partial skeletal remains they found last year may be the body of 21-year-old Michael Jay Francis, who was abducted from Baltimore in 2007. It was apparently drug-related. Witnesses saw a suspect shoot Francis with an assault rifle and force him into the trunk — alive or dead, who knows. They found the car later, with Francis’s clothes and a lot of blood.

The suspect was charged with murder, but after two trials there’s still no verdict. In the first case the judge declared a mistrial midway through; in the second, the jury couldn’t reach a verdict. It doesn’t make sense to me. This seems like an open-and-shut case — certainly much more so than most murders without a body.