Police seek help identifying person of interest in Glendale homicide

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by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Amanda Goodman

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 21 at 1:05 PM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. – Glendale police are seeking the public's help identifying a person of interest in the shooting death of a church custodian.

Mark Leroy Woodruff, 72, was found dead inside his vehicle on June 24. The vehicle was parked in the driveway of his home near Maryland and 43rd avenues and the engine was still running.

Police said Woodruff had been shot one time.

Police initially thought the death was a suicide. However, homicide detectives obtained information and evidence that led them to believe Woodruff was killed sometime after arriving home in the early morning hours.

Woodruff had worked as a night custodian at Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church near Dunlap and 43rd avenues since 1995.

Detectives are attempting to identify a person of interest that the investigation has revealed is important to the case, according to police spokeswoman Officer Tracey Breeden.

Police released photos of the person of interest described as a Native American or Hispanic male in his late teens or early 20s. He has a prominent scar on the back of his head.

Anyone with information on Woodruff's death or information that may lead to the identification of the person of interest is asked to call the Glendale Police Department at 623-930-3000 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

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