CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Police are searching for the suspect responsible for the death of a Chandler woman.
Chandler police said the situation began on Oct. 27, when the family of 49-year-old Amy “Ruby” Leagans contacted officers to report her missing. She was not heard from since Oct. 21.
During the initial investigation, police determined suspicious circumstances regarding the disappearance of Leagans.
On Nov. 17, Phoenix police located the remains of Leagans near a river bottom in the area of Central Avenue and Watkins Road.
At this time, police believe 61-year-old Timothy Sullivan is a suspect in the disappearance and death of Leagans. Officers are actively searching for Sullivan. If you have any information about the whereabouts of Sullivan or this incident call Chandler police at 480-782-4130 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.
Leagans' family released the following statement:
It is with a heavy heart and great sorrow that I have to announce the sudden and tragic death of my younger sister Amy. The death of a close family member, at any age, is devastating. But the pain and anguish is even more compounded when the death comes at the hands of another human being.
Amy was bright, funny and loved the movies. Old movies, new movies, it didn’t matter, she studied all of them. She was also a great writer, loved clothes and fashion and was extremely independent.
Amy moved to Arizona in April because she was tired of the cold weather in Chicago. Unfortunately, she became involved with the wrong person and was put on the National Missing Person’s list on November 6th; her body was found on November 17th.
My parents have lost a child and we have lost our baby sister…we never got to say goodbye and we’ll never hear her voice again. But we are eternally grateful to all of our family and friends who’ve reached out to help us through this…but the pain is just beginning.
To everyone reading this… If you ever find yourself in crisis, if you ever find yourself facing domestic violence, if you ever find yourself in a situation you don’t know how to escape…reach out. No issue is too small. Reach out and someone will help you. #domesticviolence
Life will never be the same without Amy. She is gone, but she’ll never be forgotten.
R.I.P. Amy…May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.