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Arizona Department of Public Safety as part of The Identify the Missing Task Force close the case on an unidentified military veteran

Pedestrian Victim of a fatal traffic collision identified 10 years later

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 -

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On August 10, 2001, a male pedestrian crossing the street at 15th Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene and was never located. He died from his injuries. The victim had no identification and a check of his fingerprints showed no local record. He remained unidentified and was buried near the White Tanks Mountains as John Doe #01-2502.

This case frustrated detectives because John Doe had some distinctive tattoos.

Recently the Missing/Unidentified task force composed of the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office, the Phoenix Police Department and the Arizona Department of Public Safety met to discuss the large number of unidentified fatal victims in the county. DPS Detective Steve Leon of the Major Crimes District of the Criminal Investigation Division offered to have his fingerprint technicians take another crack at the fingerprints of John Doe #01-2502.

Through advanced technology, Detective Leon was able to get a hit. John Doe #01-2502 is Leonard Louis Glaza who was 49 when he died. Leonard Glaza was a military Veteran who grew up in Michigan.

It should be noted this case involves an outstanding vehicular homicide that Phoenix Police continues to investigate.

Ten years later thanks to this task force, Lenny Glaza has his name back.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.