TOQERVILLE – The county sheriff’s office is investigating the apparent homicide of an elderly woman found dead in her home early Wednesday morning. The woman was found by sheriff’s deputies investigating a nearby burglary. A juvenile described as a “person of interest” related to the woman’s death has since been taken into custody.
Just after midnight, Wednesday, sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a residential burglary in Toquerville, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Firearms and property had been reported stolen from the home and the deputies began investigating the incident.
While searching the area for possible suspects, deputies received a tip that a possible suspect was seen buying gas in Washington City. The tipster also provided a description of the person’s vehicle and the license plate number. The vehicle was found to belong to a person living in Toquerville after the plate number was checked.
“When deputies responded to the address of the registered owner of the vehicle, they found the registered owner had been the victim of a homicide,” the sheriff’s office said. The victim has been described as an elderly woman.
Around 12 hours after the investigation began, sheriff’s detectives located and took into custody a male juvenile at about 12:15 p.m. He is being called a “person of interest” and is believed to be connected to the death of the Toquerville woman.
Along with taking the juvenile into custody, all firearms originally reported missing have also been recovered by investigators.
“We’ve been working on (this case) all night and all day,” Washington County Sheriff Cory Pulsipher said. He also credited the hard work his staff has done in the case thus far. “They have worked tirelessly,” he said.
As the investigation continues, neither the names of the victim or the person of interest is being released by the sheriff’s office at this time.
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