Police ID body found in Phoenix alley, seek information from public

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PHOENIX – Phoenix police have identified a body found in an alley Monday morning.

Officer James Holmes said the body of Brianna Lois Wells, 17, had obvious signs of trauma when she was found in an alley near 18th Street and Roeser Road.

At this time, investigators do not know if she was killed in the alley or if she was dumped there.

Police said Brianna had a history as a runaway.

"[She] has a little bit of a troubled past, chronic runaway, some other high-risk lifestyle activity, but let's just take it to the basics of this -- she's 17 years of age, brutally murdered yesterday, discovered in an alley in South Phoenix," Sgt. Trent Crump said. "It's unacceptable by all terms."
Brianna's father works as a senior lecturer at Arizona State University and her mother is president of the Tempe Elementary School District's governing board. They did not want to comment on Tuesday.

Detectives have very little to go on and are asking for the public's help to determine what happened to the teen and who is responsible.

"We are looking for any information that will help us get the killer or killers off the streets that took the life of a 17-year-old girl yesterday," Crump said.

Anyone with information about Brianna's movements prior to Monday, people she may have been associated with or any other information pertaining to this investigation is asked to call the Phoenix Police Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

Statement from Duane Roen, interim dean of ASU's College of Letters and Sciences:

"On behalf of Arizona State University, I would like to express our deep sadness over the death of Brianna Wells, daughter of our friend and colleague, Dave Wells. We may be a large institution, but we are a close family. And we extend immeasurable love and support to Dave and his family in this very difficult hour."


Police trying to identify body of young woman found dead in alley