Chief Deputy Chris Nanos advised that the female found in the desert area near Trico Road and Avra Valley Road on June 6, 2014, has been identified as 13-year-old Maribel Victoria Gonzales from Tucson. Maribel’s family last saw her at approximately 8:00 p.m. on June 3, 2014 and she was reported as a runaway to another local law enforcement agency on June 4, 2014.
The Sheriff’s Department Homicide Unit continues to investigate this incident and her death is still considered suspicious. The cause of death is pending the completion of a forensic examination.
On June 6, Tucson Mountain District deputies responded to a suspicious activity call on Trico Road approximately a half mile south of Avra Valley Road. When deputies arrived, they were directed to a dead body, in stages of decomposition, on the east side of the road.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME.