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TNT show 'Cold Justice' investigates 1997 AZ double murder

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The Cottonwood Police Department says it's closer to solving the case in the 1997 murder of a teen girl and her unborn son, after contacting a crime reality show for help.

Cottonwood police contacted TNT's new reality show Cold Justice to assist their small department in cracking the case. The reality show detectives came to town and TNT's show on the investigation aired Feb. 7.

Cottonwood Detective Sgt. Tod Moore said Thursday that the Yavapai County Attorney's Office is not prepared to move forward with charges at this time.

"This is a very large and complicated case after 17 years and they want to make sure they have the time to properly prepare. I was advised they hope to move forward by May or June," Moore said.

Marisol Gonzalez was a student at Mingus Union High School when she started dating Cecilio Cruz. They later broke up and soon after she found out she was pregnant.

On March 25, 1997, Gonzalez told her sister she was waiting for a call from Cruz and went outside with a cordless phone. It was the last time she was seen alive. Around 6 a.m. the next day, her body was found in an alley a block from her house with a gunshot wound to the face.

Her murder went unsolved, and in 2009, Moore reopened the case.

In 2012, Cottonwood police contacted Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TNT) requesting their help solving the double murder through TNT's syndicated Cold Justice program.

The program is made up of former Texas prosecutor Kelly Siegler and former Nevada crime scene investigator Yolanda McClary. Also assisting are retired homicide detectives Armando Perez and Alan Brown.

The investigation and filming for Cold Justice began Oct. 17, 2013, in Cottonwood.

Moore said more than 90 investigative leads throughout Arizona were contacted.

Siegler said on Twitter that the investigation was the most heartbreaking case the show has worked on.

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