Arizona

Nov 4, 2013 3:36 PM by Associated Press

Police await ID of body in case of missing woman

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona authorities expect to release the identity of a body found in the desert as they continue investigating the disappearance of a 78-year-old suburban Phoenix woman.

Police say the body was discovered in the same general area where Helen Jean Lee's grandson, 40-year-old Jason Eric Howell, had led detectives to find additional evidence. Howell is considered the prime suspect in the woman's 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. He is accused of ramming a police car before being arrested.

It wasn't clear if Howell has been appointed an attorney. He remains jailed.

Goodyear police spokeswoman Lisa Kutis says authorities are awaiting the identification of the body expected sometime Monday.

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