Mesa PD: Alex Anthony Madrid arrested for death of 14-year-old Claudia Lucero - East Valley Tribune: Mesa

Mesa PD: Alex Anthony Madrid arrested for death of 14-year-old Claudia Lucero

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Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 4:45 pm

Mesa police say the mother's boyfriend has been arrested in the death of a 14-year-old girl whose body was found in a dumpster last week.

Mesa Police Chief Frank Milstead said 31-year-old Alex Anthony Madrid is facing charges of first degree murder, kidnapping, sex conduct with a minor, molestation of a child, child abuse, sexual abuse, abandonment/concealment of a body and tampering with physical evidence.

Officers got a call for a body found in a dumpster around 12:30 a.m. Friday at the Sun Garden Apartments near Brown Road and Stapley Drive.

On Monday, the victim was identified as 14-year-old Claudia Ann Lucero, a student at Westwood High School.

She was reportedly last seen at her Mesa home around 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

Milstead said Madrid was the boyfriend of the victim's mother who used to live with them.

He recently became estranged from the family, according to Milstead.

Police said in a Tuesday afternoon news conference that the cause of death was strangulation.

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