The Unsolved Murder of Norma Jean Jay

Norma Jean Jay, 59, was murdered in her home on July 17, 2006. Her home was lit on fire in an attempt to conceal her death and destroy evidence. The last confirmed contact with Norma Jean was on July 16, 2006. Her case remains unsolved.

Jean Jay

Jay was a local substitute teacher for the Altar Valley School District and a beautician. Family and friends close to her also described her as an artisan with a free spirit. She preferred the quiet neighborhood of Three Points where she lived. Her family has shared that she enjoyed the rural setting.

The Day That Norma Jean Jay Was Discovered

In the early morning hours of July 17, 2006, a resident noticed that their neighbor’s manufactured home was on fire. Emergency services responded to the home in the 11400 block of South Cherokee Lane on the west side of Tucson, AZ. Emergency personnel discovered the body of the homeowner, Norma Jean Jay, lying naked on her bed. She had suffered repeated stab wounds. Detectives immediately began a murder investigation.

Crime scene technicians processed the scene and discovered a fair amount of evidence that the fire had not destroyed. They identified a cleaning solution that someone had poured over the crime scene as a possible accelerant and to compromise any evidence left behind. They also found the murder weapon in Jay’s home. Despite their best efforts, investigators have never identified the donor of the DNA, even though they recovered foreign DNA. No new leads have developed in this case.

An organization called 88-Crime has offered a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case. The 88-Crime webpage dedicated to Norma Jean Jay can be found here.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Office is the agency managing this case. If anyone has any information regarding the death of Norma Jean Jay, you are encouraged to contact detectives at (520) 351-4600. Tips can be turned in by calling (520) 88-CRIME (27463) or visit

One Comment

  • Samuel Poe

    DNA discovered can lead to a person by DNA experts who trace the DNA using family trees!

    That’s risky yet could actually lead to the person who murdered her on July 17 of Twenty Six or 2006.

    Since it’s been near 18 years, it indicates law enforcement is not very interested in solving her murder.

    If a DNA expert can trace the evidence by using family trees, there’s always that chance an innocent person will be convicted.

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