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Couple Arrested for Killing Man and Dumping Body in Desert

According to Phoenix Police, thirty-eight-year-old (38) Wendy Anderson and thirty-year-old (30) Matthew Borum, a married couple, were arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder, evidence tampering and attempting to dispose a body.  Phoenix Police Sergeant Trent Crump said a fifty-seven-year-old (57) man’s body was discovered on Monday by a rancher in the desert of Pinal County approximately one mile north of U.S. 60 and mile marker 208.  On Thursday, after indentifying the victim, Police went to his home in North Phoenix at 36th Street and Kelton Lane where they discovered that the victim had been living with Ms. Anderson and Mr. Borum.  According to Maricopa County Superior Court documents, during a search of the residence, Police found what appeared to be blood on the walls in the garage of the home and red-stained towels and rugs in a garbage can outside the home. Sergeant Crump said Police believe the victim was killed in the couple’s home and then dumped in the desert.  Sergeant Crump also said Police believe the couple cleaned the home after killing the man.  Investigators are searching for the couple’s vehicle, a white 1998 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck with a license plate AMY9487, which they believe may have been used to transport the victim’s body to the desert. When Police questioned Ms. Anderson, she reported that the pickup truck had been stolen and claimed the last time she saw the victim was in a dispute over the vehicle.

According to Arizona Revised Statute 13-2809, “A person commits tampering with physical evidence if, with intent that it be used, introduced, rejected or unavailable in an official proceeding which is then pending or which such person knows is about to be instituted, such person: (1) Destroys, mutilates, alters, conceals or removes physical evidence with the intent to impair its verity or availability.” Under Arizona law, tampering with physical evidence is considered a Class 6 Felony and may include penalties such as probation, fines or jail time.

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