Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Grandmother Missing From Home; Grandson A Prime Suspect

Arizona authorities who have been investigating the disappearance of a 78-year old suburban Phoenix woman say they have found an unidentified body in the desert near Gila Bend.

Goodyear Police Department spokeswoman Lisa Kutis says this is the area where the missing woman's grandson had led detectives to find additional evidence. Kutis says Helen Jean Lee's grandson, 40-year-old Jason Eric Howell, is the prime suspect in her disappearance. Lee was reported missing from her home Wednesday, the same day Howell was arrested in the theft of an SUV from a Chandler school. On Friday, police had said Lee might have been killed after investigators found indications of foul play at her home and evidence in the desert about 50 miles away. Kutis says detectives on Saturday continued to process what she described as a crime scene at Lee's home.

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