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1 dead at apartment complex, suspect charged with murder

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Posted at 9:55 PM, Sep 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-22 18:16:45-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Tucson Police are investigating a homicide that happened at an apartment complex Tuesday.

Officers responded to an apartment complex at 1435 E. 36th Street, near South Kino Parkway at around 1:25 p.m. for what was initially believed to be a dead person in an apartment unit, according to TPD. The victim has been identified as 69-year-old Maria De La Luz Sandoval.

After further investigation, detectives identified 47-year-old Blanca Esthela Rodriguez-Celaya as the suspect.

Detectives were then able to locate Rodriguez-Celaya, conduct additional interviews, and examine evidence recovered at the scene.

Rodriguez-Celaya was charged with 1st-degree murder, kidnapping, and burglary. She is currently being held in the Pima County Jail.