Man turns himself in for cold case murder in Bullhead City

Man turns himself in for cold case murder in Bullhead City

Matthew Gibson 1997 driver's license photo

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by Christina O'Haver

azfamily.com

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 9 at 11:53 AM

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. -- A man turned himself into police Thursday in connection with the 1997 murder of a woman in Bullhead City.

Matthew Gibson, 54, was reportedly driving from North Carolina to Bullhead City to confess. He made it to Winslow, where he stopped at the police department and said he had killed a woman between 1994 and 1997, according to Bullhead City police spokeswoman Emily Fromelt.

Bullhead City police visited the Winslow Police Department and interviewed Gibson. Fromelt said Gibson provided details that coincided with the cold case murder of 38-year-old Barbara Leone Brown, of Kingman.

Brown's body was found July 1, 1997 in bushes along the Colorado River near Rotary Park.

The autopsy revelead she suffered multiple blunt force trauma and skull fractures. Her murder had gone unsolved.

Gibson reportedly told police he and Brown were arguing at his Bullhead City home and she refused to leave, resulting in a physical altercation.

Fromelt said the nature of their relationship is still under investigation.

Gibson was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and booked into Navajo County Jail in Holbrook. He is awaiting extradition to Mohave County.

The case has been reassigned to the Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

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