Inmate charged in 2 killings
Suspect, already in jail, indicted in murders of missing girls, 6 and 13
TUCSON — A man who was already in jail has been charged in the kidnapping and killing of two Arizona girls who went missing in 2012 and 2014, authorities announced Saturday.
Christopher Matthew Clements, 36, was indicted Friday on 21 counts, including murder and kidnapping in the deaths of 6-year-old Isabel Celis and 13-year-old Maribel Gonzalez, said Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus.
Isabel went missing from her Tucson home in April 2012, and her body was discovered in what was described as a rural area in March 2017.
Maribel’s body was found in June 2014 in the Avra Valley community, near Tucson.
Officials held a news conference to announce the indictment but declined to answer questions from reporters and did not disclose how the girls died or what prompted authorities to investigate Clements, except to say that the FBI had learned last year that Clements might have information about Isabel’s death.
“The heart-wrenching tragedies of Maribel Gonzalez and Isabel Celis’ murders have been compounded by a very long, long wait for justice,” Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall said.
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Sgt. Bryant Vanegas said Clements had been in jail since April 2017 on suspicion of burglary, theft and fraudulent schemes.