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Suspected murderer of "Mamma Linda" found after eight months

Posted at 9:21 AM, May 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-19 14:14:32-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Back on October 21, 2021, the Public Safety Communications Department (PSCD) responded to a welfare check near west 18th Street and the South Frontage Road.

The PSCD reveal they found 70-year-old Linda Marie Mendibles unresponsive with obvious signs of trauma and pronounced her deceased.

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) then started their investigation.

Detectives say during their search, they processed numerous interviews, examined forensic evidence, and served multiple search warrants.

After gathering all their evidence, detectives identified a 17-year-old as the suspect.

On Wednesday, detectives obtained a search warrant officers say Southside and Westside Community Response Teams found the suspect's location and TPD SWAT assisted in the capture of the suspect.

The TPD told KGUN 9 the suspect was transported and booked into Pima County Jail/Adult Detention Complex.

Authorities are holding him on a $1,000,000 bond for his warrant for first-degree murder.

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Corey Salmon is a real-time editor and associate producer for KGUN 9. He was born in New York but has lived in Tucson for over 10 years. Share your story ideas and important issues with Corey by emailing or by connecting on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.