New clue found in 20-year-old murder case

New clue found in 20-year-old murder case

Mar 29

A grieving Somerville mother’s hopes have been renewed after authorities said this week there’s a new clue in the case of her teenage daughter found murdered 20 years ago tomorrow.

“Maybe this is the year,” said Katherine Cremin.

“March is a very difficult time. We deal with it the best we can.”

Deanna Cremin last spoke to her mother on March 29, 1995, over the phone. They ended the conversation with “I love you.”

Her body was found the next day less than a block from her Jacques Street home, four days after her 17th birthday. She had been strangled and sexually assaulted.

“The case is still an open and very active investigation,” said Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, who added that within the past six months, “Let’s just say there’s been, very recently, there’s been some advances in the case.” Ryan would not comment further.

Somerville Deputy Police Chief Paul Trant also wouldn’t go into details but urged anyone with information to call the Somerville police.

“It still haunts us,” said Somerville Mayor Joseph 
Curtatone, who said he passes the square named for Deanna every day.

“I am always hopeful that we will find the answer.”

Deanna was a Somerville High School student at the time of her death.

“Everybody loved her. She was always happy,” her mother said, adding Deanna always rooted for the underdog and was against any form of bullying.

According to her mother, Deanna spent her last day with friends and her boyfriend and was expected home at 10 p.m. Katherine Cremin woke up at midnight and noticed Deanna wasn’t home and paged her.

Persons of interest were named in the case but never charged. For several years after the murder, her family advertised on a billboard on Broadway in Somerville a $20,000 reward for clues that would lead to an arrest.

“This year we really are trying to remember all the fun things, the memories,” said Katherine Cremin. She credits her three surviving children and support network for keeping her going.

The movement in the case, no matter how small, has Katherine Cremin also vowing to “get out there loud, aggressive, focused and make sure I have all the help I can get.”

There will be a prayer service at St. Ann’s Church tomorrow at 7 p.m. for Deanna. Katherine 
Cremin said she will be there praying for that one key break.

— erica.moura@bostonherald.com