On Saturday, at approximately 6:45 p.m., Pima County deputies responded to the home of 59-year-old Laurie Vandegrift in the 7400 block of South Cactus Thorn Lane for a possible domestic violence incident. When deputies arrived, they located Ms. Vandegrift dead inside her home.
Ms. Vandegrift had obvious signs of trauma and was the only person located at the residence, according to the Pima County Sheriff’s Office.
During the initial 9-1-1 call, a woman believed to be Ms. Vandegrift requested law enforcement and medical services before the phone quickly disconnected. When the number was called back, a man believed to be Ms. Vandegrift’s 28-year-old son, Justin Vandegrift, answered. He said he had been arguing with his mother, but that everything was okay. Justin Vandegrift was told deputies were responding and the phone again disconnected.
Several hours later Justin Vandegrift was located at a nearby convenience store. Justin Vandegrift was arrested for homicide and booked him into the Pima County Adult Detention Complex.