Car crash leads to discovery of double homicide in Buckeye

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Elwood Moreno By Jennifer Thomas Elwood Moreno By Jennifer Thomas
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

BUCKEYE, Ariz. -- A man injured in a car crash in Buckeye Sunday morning is considered an investigative lead in a double homicide.

Just before 8 a.m., police responded to a single-vehicle accident in the area of Yuma and Rainbow roads and found a man inside the vehicle seriously hurt. He has been identified as Elwood Moreno, 33, of Buckeye.

Moreno was estimated to be driving at speeds approaching 100 mph when the vehicle he was driving crashed into a block wall, according to Buckeye police spokesman Lt. Jared Griffith.

The cause of the crash is unclear at this time.

Moreno was taken to a local hospital, while officers went to his last known address, located in the 1400 block of East M.C. 85, to notify his family.

“The door was open at the apartment," Griffith said. "They knocked, announced their presence, and tried to draw someone to the door. They noticed blood, went inside the apartment to clear it and noticed two deceased people, a male and a female.”

The bodies were identified as Moreno's father and stepmother. Ramsey Moreno, 57, and Nancy Moreno, 69, had been stabbed multiple times.

Detectives continue to investigate the incident.

Griffith said Moreno is considered an investigative lead at this point in the investigation. He remains hospitalized in critical condition.