Arizona woman’s suspected killer found because of photo taken minutes before her death

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The suspected killer of an Arizona woman has been arrested because of a photo taken just before the June 11 incident.

Pamela Rae Martinez, 60, was found dead just before 7:30 p.m. in Glendale, Arizona, in her car which had left the road and entered landscaping, according to the Glendale Police Department. Initially, police responded to the scene to report that a car had left the road.

Martinez was found « distressed and unresponsive » and pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

A witness told police Martinez was initially parked on the side of the road next to a pickup truck and a man could be seen outside Martinez’s vehicle before getting back in his car and driving off.

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Pamela Rae Martinez, 60, was found dead just before 7:30 p.m. in Glendale, Arizona, in her car which had left the road and entered landscaping, according to the Glendale Police Department. Initially, police responded to the scene to report that a car had left the road.
(Glendale Police Department)

The witness told police that Martinez’s car « slowly began to pull out of the roadway. »

She was completing her last food delivery of the day with UberEats and, according to police « for some reason », took a photo of the man in a van that was next to her vehicle.

Police later identified the man as Rusty French, 62.

French was questioned by police on June 15 and, when shown the picture of himself that Martinez took before he died, he admitted it was him but must have passed out and couldn’t remember what had happened.

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Police later identified the man as Rusty French, 62.

Police later identified the man as Rusty French, 62.
(Glendale Police Department)

When a search warrant was executed at French’s home, police found a handgun that police said « was a ballistic match to the handgun used in the shooting. »

Police collected other evidence that also implicated French as the shooter. French and Martinez did not know each other, according to police.

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French was arrested on June 23 and charged with second degree murder.

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