Pima County teen found dead in desert

maribelThe female body 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 is investigating the incident and her death is considered suspicious.

The cause of death is pending the completion of a forensic examination.

On June 11, the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Unit sought the public’s assistance in identifying the deceased female and release information about her the tattoo under left collar bone, “butterfly in flight.”

It was the description of the tattoo that led to the identity of her body.

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