September 17, 2021

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Convicted sexual intercourse offender is arrested for 1983 murder of Iranian-born Nebraska University college student

Bud Leroy Christensen, 67, was awaiting extradition from Nebraska to the Pottawatomie County Jail in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on a very first-diploma murder demand. He waived his proper to fight the extradition through a court docket hearing Tuesday.

Authorities have arrested a convicted sex offender for the many years-old chilly circumstance murder of an Iranian-born University of Nebraska pupil.

Bud Leroy Christensen is experiencing a 1st diploma murder charge for the killing of Firozeh Dehghanpour, who was in her mid-20s, on August 14, 1983.

He was arrested for the 38-yr-old murder of Dehghanpour following police agreed to re-open up the cold case, and re-examined blood evidence with a lot more state-of-the-art DNA techniques. 

They identified the DNA matched that of Christensen who had his on file immediately after many intercourse criminal offense convictions. 

Police were being then in a position to match his fingerprints to just one taken at the scene. 

Christensen waived his right to struggle extradition from Nebraska to the Pottawatomie County Jail in Council Bluffs, Iowa, through a court docket hearing Tuesday, in accordance to the Omaha Entire world-Herald

The 67-calendar year-old is detailed on the Nebraska Sexual intercourse Offender Registry as a life span offender with at least 3 intercourse crime convictions.

Police experienced agreed to re-open the chilly circumstance soon after a buddy of Dehghanpour reached out and pleaded with officers to reinvestigate.   

The youthful woman’s naked human body had been found by fishermen below a bridge north of Council Bluffs. She bled to death from numerous cuts, an autopsy determined. 

The thirty day period immediately after Dehghanpour’s 1983 death, detectives interviewed acquaintances of her and took fingerprints and hair samples from much more than 100 UNO students of Center Jap descent. 

No outcomes yielded a match with a prospective suspect in the scenario at the time.

Bud Leroy Christensen, 67, is accused in the murder of Firozeh Dehghanpour, who was in her mid-20s, on Aug. 14, 1983.

Bud Leroy Christensen, 67, is accused in the murder of Firozeh Dehghanpour, who was in her mid-20s, on Aug. 14, 1983.  

Sgt. Jim Doty, of the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Place of work, began searching into the scenario once more following Steve Martin, a friend of Dehghanpour contacted him past calendar year.

Martin, a UNO business enterprise scholar in the early 1980s who now resides in Nevada, said he called Council Bluffs and Omaha law enforcement around the years to request about the investigation into Dehghanpour’s loss of life.

Martin, 62, was shocked when he read another person experienced been arrested in the almost 40 calendar year outdated cold circumstance. 

Authorities at the time suspected she was killed someplace else by somebody she knew and Christensen’s identify was unfamiliar to him.

‘It held gnawing at my belly. I was upset about this for a long time. I just retained hoping to push it around the many years.’ additional Martin.

Doty mentioned DNA assessment of beforehand gathered evidence matched with Christensen’s and further evidence verified him as a suspect.

Fishermen found Firozeh Dehghanpour's body on Aug. 14, 1983, under a bridge north of Council Bluffs.

Fishermen found Firozeh Dehghanpour’s physique on Aug. 14, 1983, less than a bridge north of Council Bluffs.

Fishermen found Firozeh Dehghanpour's body on August 14, 1983, under a bridge north of Council Bluffs. She bled to death from several cuts, an autopsy determined

Fishermen located Firozeh Dehghanpour’s body on August 14, 1983, underneath a bridge north of Council Bluffs. She bled to death from a number of cuts, an autopsy decided

Investigators in comparison Christensen’s fingerprints with prints on the pc papers found close to Dehghanpour’s system. 

4 prints had been observed on the papers at the time, but only two had earlier been identified.

A single fingerprint was Dehghanpour and the other belonged to a UNO laptop or computer specialist.

A take a look at of the fingerprints in March confirmed the two remaining prints was Christensen’s, according to court information.   

Sgt. Jim Doty, of the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office, began looking into the case again after Steve Martin, a friend of Dehghanpour contacted him last year.

Sgt. Jim Doty, of the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Business office, commenced seeking into the situation again after Steve Martin, a good friend of Dehghanpour contacted him last year.

‘The chance of getting this profile in a population of unrelated persons, chosen at random, would be less than 1 out of 6.1 octillion,’ Doty wrote in court documents noted on by the Omaha Planet-Herald. 

Doty included he spoke to Dehghanpour’s brother, who at present resides in London..

‘Giving the family members answers is the most fulfilling element of remaining able to clear up the situation. He was stunned. He could not very system it yet.’ Doty ongoing.

Christensen is now facing a murder cost and continues to be in jail waiting around extradition. 

He is outlined on the Nebraska Intercourse Offender Registry as a life time offender, and as these types of he is demanded to submit his DNA sample owing of a Nebraska state regulation handed in 1997.

1 of his very first degree sexual assault convictions arrived in 1972 right after an incident involving a small. 

Throughout Christensen’s most new sexual assault circumstance in 2014, he pled responsible to attempted 2nd-diploma sexual assault and initially-degree phony imprisonment. 

Christensen was sentenced to 10 several years in jail. He was unveiled in Might 2018.