BUCKEYE, Ariz. (AP) — A woman has been arrested in the death of her 10-year-old adopted son, whose body was found in 2018 just miles from their home in Buckeye, a Phoenix suburb, authorities said. on Tuesday.
Police said 54-year-old Crystal Wilson was indicted by a Maricopa County grand jury last week on one count of abandonment or concealment of a body.
Buckeye Police Chief Larry Hall said at a news conference Tuesday that there was insufficient evidence to charge the woman with murder, but that she was the primary “person of interest” the entire time.
Wilson was arrested Monday at her home in Gainesville, Georgia, where she had lived for several years, according to Hall, who said she will soon be extradited for prosecution.
Police said Jesse Wilson disappeared in July 2016 and the boy’s remains were found nearly two years later on the side of a road about six miles from his home.
The county medical examiner’s office stated the cause of death was undetermined.
Police said Crystal Wilson had moved in a few weeks before her son’s remains were discovered.
Hall said the case came to light after Buckeye police reassigned it to a new investigator, who gathered new evidence and reexamined previous leads, leading to the Dec. 9 indictment.
It was not clear Tuesday if Crystal Wilson already has an attorney who can speak on her behalf.
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