Inmate charged in 2 killings

Sus­pect, al­ready in jail, in­dicted in mur­ders of miss­ing girls, 6 and 13

The Dallas Morning News - - Nation -

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.

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