Police arrest boyfriend of woman found dead at convenience store

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Paul Hamilton By Catherine Holland Paul Hamilton By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX – Police have arrested the boyfriend of the woman whose body was found in a pickup truck parked at Phoenix convenience store early Tuesday morning.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson on Wednesday identified the victim as Stephanie Joyce.

Video from the ampm store at 27th and Northern avenues just hours after the gruesome discovery Tuesday showed crime-scene technicians dusting an old pickup truck for fingerprints.

This all started before 5 a.m. when the truck in question was parked at one of the gas pumps. A woman outside the truck was yelling that she needed help.

A man walked across the parking lot and helped the woman push the disabled truck over to a parking spot.

Once the truck was parked, the woman said she had to go and left the scene, walking along Northern Avenue.

Left alone with the vehicle, the Good Samaritan realized there was another woman inside the truck. She wasn’t moving and there appeared to be signs of trauma.

The man called police, who determined that the woman, now identified as Joyce, was deceased. Police have not released any details about her death. Investigators spent the day trying to determine if they were dealing with a homicide or something else. They eventually ascertained that Joyce, 46, had indeed been murdered.

Officers were able to find the woman who originally asked for help before walking away. They also have talked to the Good Samaritan.

According to Thompson, patrol officers found out about a potential investigative lead. Paul Hamilton was Joyce's boyfriend.

Police located Hamilton and served a search warrant at his Phoenix apartment. After interviewing Hamilton and going through his home, investigators determined that they had probable cause and arrested him.

Hamilton, 38, was booked into Maricopa County Jail on one count of second-degree murder, as well as two drug-related charges.