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Police make arrest in northside homicide

Posted at 9:33 PM, Aug 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-02 21:42:27-04

Tucson police have arrested a man in connection to a homicide on the northside.

TPD had been investigating after a 53-year-old woman was found dead in the 3000 block of North Richey.

The woman had signs of blunt force trauma. 

TPD says during the initial investigation detectives found that the woman's vehicle was missing from the residence. 

Family members had advised that no one should be in possession of the vehicle, so it was immediately reported stolen.

Detectives had also learned that 31-year-old Clifford Frederick Gant had been staying with the woman for the last several months.

Police were unable to locate Gant but learned that the woman's vehicle had entered Mexico through the San Yasidro Point of Entry on August 29. 

Images showed that Gant was driving the vehicle as it entered Mexico.

TPD says based on the information and evidence collected at the scene, detectives were able to obtain a felony arrest warrant for First Degree Murder on Gant.

Gant was stopped by the U.S. Border Patrol on September 1 as he attempted to re-enter the U.S. on foot at the San Yasidro Point of Entry.

Gant was booked into the San Diego County Jail on his felony warrant. 

Homicide detectives from TPD responded to the jail and spoke with Gant, who is awaiting extradition back to Tucson.

The woman killed has been identified as 52-year-old Kathleen Lorraine Huffer.