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Southside murder: Police look for suspect

Victim found in car trunk in Nogales
Posted at 7:53 PM, Jan 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-05 00:13:24-05

Police are looking for a man in connection with the murder of 68-year-old Harry Griffin late last month.

The homicide happened at a home in the 6000 block of South Southland Boulevard.

The suspect is 24-year-old David Adi-Lopez. A felony arrest warrant has been issued for Adi-Lopez for 2nd-degree murder and theft of means of transportation. 

He is described as a Hispanic male, about 5'7" and 120 pounds. He has short black hair and brown eyes. He has a small birthmark on the right side of his forehead and a star tattoo on the back of his neck.

He has other tattoos on his arms that read "Axel" and "Jaydon."

On December 30, police received a call from Adi-Lopez's family members claiming their relative may have been involved in a homicide at their home. 

Detectives learned that on December 27 the family members came home and found a large amount of blood inside the home. 

David Adi-Lopez lives at the home but was not there. When family members called him that night, he said he had a medical emergency and was seeking treatment. 

Family members cleaned the home while he was away. David Adi-Lopez never returned home and no records showed he received medical treatment at any hospital. 

On December 30, the family called police after learning that Adi-Lopez may have killed someone in the home and removed the body.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the home and recovered blood evidence that indicated significant trauma. 

A court order was obtained for Adi-Lopez's cell phone which showed multiple calls to an individual by the name of Harry Griffin.

Detectives went to speak to Griffin and learned from family and friends that he had not been seen for days and that his vehicle was also missing.

An “Attempt to Locate” was then issued for Griffin and his vehicle.

On Tuesday, Nogales Police Officers located Griffin’s vehicle near the border in Nogales, AZ.

Tucson Police Homicide Detectives searched the vehicle and located Griffin’s body inside the trunk.

An autopsy is scheduled for later this week to determine the exact cause of death.

Anyone with information about the incident or who knows the possible whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME. 

Police say he is armed and dangerous.