(Scottsdale, AZ) Scottsdale Police have arrested 42-year-old Ian L Mitcham for the February 2015 murder of Scottsdale resident Allison Feldman. His arrest in Phoenix this morning marks the culmination of an intense three year investigation into Feldman’s death. That investigation, and today’s arrest was made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Scottsdale Police Department, Arizona Governor’s Office, Arizona State Attorney General’s Office, Department of Public Safety and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.
On Wednesday February 18, 2015 Scottsdale Police Department Patrol officers responded to 8526 E Monterey Way, Scottsdale reference a female that had been found by her boyfriend deceased inside the home. That female was soon identified as 31-year-old Allison Feldman and her death was quickly determined to be a homicide. Investigators and Crime Scene Specialists spent the next four days collecting forensic evidence from inside the home. That effort has continued for the last three years.
A DNA profile was developed from evidence at the scene, but unfortunately no match was found in the 2015 databases. In late 2017 detectives began to work with the Arizona Governor’s Office, Arizona State Attorney General’s Office, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, and the Department of Public Safety to expand that forensic search. The goal was to expand the parameters of the DNA search through the use of Familial DNA. Familial DNA searches, though not used up to this point in Arizona, have been used successfully in other states in recent years. The process widens the search parameters of the offender data base to identify people that may be close relatives of the person who committed the crime. Using this process, detectives were able to develop a match, which ultimately led to Mitcham’s arrest.