Nov 29, 2013 10:45 PM by Lupita Murillo
TUCSON -A woman who's been missing since last year turns out to be the victim of a homicide. Tucson Police first reported 37-year-old Victoria Delgado missing in September of 2012.
Detectives say she was last seen in the Grant and Alvernon area with a man who went by the nickname of "dizzy" or "drake".
News 4 Tucson has confirmed her remains have been found.
A poster was placed throughout Tucson a year ago by 88-CRIME. Victoria Delgado's disappearance was a mystery. Now that her remains have been identified that mystery deepens.
"It was a violent horrible death, and somebody is walking out there knowing exactly what happened to hers," says Pima County Homicide Detective James Brown.
Brown is working the case. Detectives say in March, people riding horseback in the desert near Casino of the Sun found remnants of Delgado's body.
"Her remains eventually came washing up basically unearthed and located. There is quite a bit of time lapse when she went reported missing to when her remains were found," says Brown.
But only recently, through DNA testing, did the Medical Examiners office determine the remains were Delgado's.
Detectives say she's a Native American, who had three children living in New Mexico.
"She had a lifestyle where she got involved with drugs and other illegal activity." Because of that lifestyle, Detective Brown says Delgado knew a lot of people in Tucson. "It doesn't matter who she was it's still a death and its still violent death. That needs to bring closure to the case and as well as answers to the family."
Shortly before Delgado was listed as a missing person, Tucson Police says she left in a white van with a man known as "dizzy" or "drake."
Brown says, "It is suspected that whoever came in contact with her knew who she was."
Detectives say they believe someone out there has information they need. "They're walking around knowing they were the last ones with Tori. and I suspect if they were the last ones with Tori they could possibly have done something with Tori.