GALLUP, N.M.—An Arizona sheriff's detective says a New Mexico woman whose body was found in the desert near Tucson was a victim of a violent homicide.

According to the Gallup Independent (, the Pima County Sheriff's Office is still trying to piece together circumstances leading to the death of 39-year-old Victoria Harrison Delgado of Gallup.

But detective James Brown says Delgado was last seen in September 2012 getting into a van in a midtown Tucson neighborhood known as a "high drug addiction area."

Her remains were found by a horseback rider last March, and an autopsy identified them as Delgado's.

Brown said his office is following numerous leads in hopes of identifying a suspect.


Information from: Gallup Independent,