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Updated Jun 6, 2012 - 6:45 pm

Former Improv owner, once missing, found dead

Mark Anderson, the former owner of the Tempe Improv, was found dead in a Valley hotel room.

Anderson was found by staff in a Days Inn motel room in Buckeye about 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

"One of the cleaning crew had entered a room and discovered a dead body," said Buckeye Police Lt. Jared Griffith. "Buckeye police officers and detectives responded to the scene. Upon investigating, they determined that the deceased was Mr. Anderson."

Anderson checked into the hotel on May 21, six days after he was reported missing.

Police did not give a cause of death.

"We always investigate unattended deaths, which is what this was," said Griffith. "The medical examiners responded to the scene and actually took Mr. Anderson's body, so they'll be conducting an autopsy."

Anderson was last heard from on May 15, when he left Oklahoma City for either Phoenix or Dallas while on a business trip.

Police said the investigation is on-going.

The Improv, slated to permanently close before Anderson went missing, closed on June 1.

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.

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