GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Arizona authorities who have been investigating the
disappearance of a 78-year-old suburban Phoenix woman said they have found an
unidentified body in the desert near Gila Bend.
Goodyear Police Department spokeswoman Lisa Kutis said this is the area where
the missing woman’s grandson had led detectives to find additional evidence.
Kutis said Helen Jean Lee’s grandson, 40-year-old Jason Eric Howell, is the
prime suspect in her disappearance.
Lee was reported missing from her home Wednesday, the same day Howell was
arrested in the theft of an SUV from a Chandler school.
On Friday, police had said Lee might have been killed after investigators found
indications of foul play at her home and evidence in the desert about 50 miles
Kutis said detectives on Saturday continued to process what she described as a
crime scene at Lee’s home.