Cold Case Involving a Murdered Bismarck Woman May be Solved

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SANTA CLARA COUNTY (KRON) – A man suspected in a brutal Stanford University murder from 1974 appears to have killed himself, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff.

The man took his own life in an apartment complex in the 5200 block of Camden Avenue as deputies were approaching to serve a warrant, Sheriff Laurie Smith told KRON4. The four decades old murder took the life of a Stanford student’s wife.   

Arlis Perry, 19, originally of Bismarck, N.D. was found brutally murdered inside the Memorial Church on the university’s campus. Her body was naked from the waist down and an ice pick was lodged in her back. 

Authorities have identified the suspect as Steve Crawford. 

While deputies were executing the warrant Thursday morning, they made verbal contact through a closed door of the apartment. 

Deputies then entered the apartment, saw a man with a handgun and immediately backed away. 

A short time later, a gunshot was heard. 

Deputies eventually entered the apartment and found a man with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

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