Police find body of missing Phoenix woman Irene Luevano

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Irene Luevano
Irene Luevano

The body of a woman reported missing since Sunday was found by police in a remote area of La Paz County, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

The remains of Irene Luevano, 37, were found on Thursday along Interstate 10 near Hovatter Road, east of New Hope.

According to police, Luevano's body showed obvious signs of trauma and Luevano's boyfriend, Jorge Quintero Lara, is the main suspect in her murder, Sgt. Vincent Cole with the Phoenix Police Department said.

Luevano was last seen with Quintero early Sunday morning at a Phoenix bar, police said. Luevano's family had reported her missing that day after receiving a call during which Luevano said Quintero had stabbed her in the neck.

"This is not the result anyone was hoping for," Cole said in a news release.

Investigators found Luevano's vehicle — a gray 2007 Chevy Impala — on Tuesday near 107th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road.

"As this investigation progressed, information was developed that led investigators to a remote location of La Paz County," Cole said. "After an extensive search, Irene was located in a desert area just after 10 a.m. She was deceased with obvious signs of trauma."

Cole refused to specify the information that led investigators to Luevano's body or the nature of her injuries, citing an "active and open" investigation. Cole said detectives were still questioning Quintero about the suspected homicide.

Cole said police approached Quintero about Luevano's disappearance as he was the last known person to have been with her before arresting him on forgery charges unrelated to her disappearance.

According to the Police Department, the investigation will focus on the prosecution of Quintero and any other suspects who might be involved.

Cole thanked the community for its support in the investigation and offered his condolences to Luevano's family.

"Irene was a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend and a member of our community," Cole said. "This was an act of violence that has no place in our city."

Reach breaking news reporter Perry Vandell at perry.vandell@gannett.com or on Twitter @perryvandell.

Reach breaking news reporter Laura Daniella Sepulveda at lsepulveda@lavozarizona.com or on Twitter @lauradNews.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Police find body of missing Phoenix woman Irene Luevano

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