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Police investigate first murder of the year along with two unsolved ones

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Jonesboro police continue to investigate the first murder of 2016 along with two murders from 2015.

Police started working the first murder this year when Stacey Devine’s body was found Friday at the corner of Pacific and Commerce.

Devine’s death was ruled a homicide when police announced the cause of death was strangulation.

This investigation adds to the two homicide cases police are trying to close.

The first unsolved murder happened when Brian Gipson was gunned down in the street on Curtview Drive.

The second happened during a home invasion on Second Street in December.

Someone broke into a home and shot Donald Versey and his girlfriend, Kayla Vinson.

Vinson was killed during the shooting.

Region 8 News spoke with Sergeant Cassie Brandon at the Jonesboro Police Department about how difficult these cases can be sometimes.

“A lot of work, a lot of sweat and sometimes a lot of tears," Brandon said. "We leave no stone unturned. We are talking to family, friends, co-workers and anywhere we might find evidence we are looking there."

Brandon said the goal is always to get justice for the victim and to help the community feel safe.

“We want to get a resolution for the victim and for the victim’s family and also society as a whole," she said. "We don’t want someone who has harmed somebody out there running around on the streets."

The police department is looking to fill some vacant positions within the department, but Brandon said this does not affect their investigations.

“We are fortunate in this department, we do need to hire some people and we have some slots filled, but we do have resources that we can pull in if we need to so we get things done,” Brandon said.

Brandon said detectives will borrow help from patrol or other areas if they need it. She said it is a team effort by the entire department.

Police ask if anyone has any information on any of these three unsolved cases please call Crimestoppers at 935-STOP.

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