Ex-boyfriend is 'person of interest' in Phoenix woman's murder

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by Alicia E. Barrón and Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on February 10, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 11 at 9:27 PM

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PHOENIX – Police said Friday morning that they would like to talk to the ex-boyfriend of a woman who was murdered in her Phoenix home Thursday. The victim's car was also stolen, and detectives believe whoever took it could be the killer.

In a new development Friday morning, Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department said investigators would like to talk to Wade Ridley, 53, to determine if he knows what happened to Anne Marie Simenson. Ridley is a former boyfriend of Simenson.

Thompson said he did not know much about Ridley's relationship with Simenson.

"We just want to get as much information as we can from everybody, and he's one of the people that specifically the homicide investigators [said they want to talk to]," Thompson said.

This goes back to Thursday afternoon when Phoenix police received a 911 call from a friend who was supposed to meet Simenson just before 4 p.m. That friend found her body inside her home on the 28600 block of 46th Place.

Officers who arrived on the scene a short time later said there were obvious signs of trauma, but they declined to go into detail.

Simenson, 62, lived at the home with her current boyfriend, who is not considered a suspect in her death.

Police discovered Simenson's car had been stolen and investigators believe whoever has the vehicle might know something on this case.

"We don't know what involvement this person had in this particular incident. Obviously we have a homicide scene and a homicide investigation that we're currently working," Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos, says. "The victim's vehicle is missing so...just by virtue of experience, it would indicate that this person driving the vehicle may have some knowledge or may have obviously been involved in this particular incident."

The stolen car is described as a red 2005 Toyota Solara convertible with a black top. It has an Arizona license plate with the number C9590.

Thompson said that about 45 minutes after Simenson was found murdered, a Safeway pharmacy not far from the her home was robbed. Thompson said the suspect, a male in his 40s who was dressed in black clothing, stole a bottle of Oxycodone.

"If anyone has information about that robbery, particularly if that individual [the suspect] got into a red convertible, we'd like to know about it," Thompson said.

It's not clear if Simenson's murder and the pharmacy robbery are connected, but investigators are working every angle.

"We keep our scope very wide and we're narrowing it down," Thompson said. "We don't know that these two incidents are related, but we certainly want to check to find out if they are."

Police do not yet have a motive in this killing. If you see the missing red Solara or if you know anything about the robbery at the Safeway, you are asked to contact the Phoenix Police Department.

 

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