Ex-Local Woman Murdered

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A former Payson resident and her husband were found stabbed to death Sunday in Buckeye and police have detained her stepson as an “investigative lead,” according to police.

Officers found Nancy Moreno, 69, and Ramsey Moreno, 57, dead in a Buckeye apartment shortly after Ramsey’s son, Elwood Moreno, 33, of Buckeye, crashed his vehicle.

Nancy is the former wife of Chief Melton Campbell, a once-prominent member of the Tonto Apache Tribe. After Campbell died in 1994, Nancy married Ramsey and moved to the Valley.

Early Sunday morning, a citizen reported a serious wreck in the area of Rainbow Road and West Hilton Avenue in central Buckeye.

Officers found Elwood in critical condition, his red Ford passenger car a crumpled mess. He was apparently approaching 100 mph when he crashed into a block wall, said Lt. Jared Griffith with Buckeye Police.

The cause of the wreck is unclear.

Later, officers responded to Elwood’s last known address in the 1400 Block of East Maricopa County Road 85.

They found the front door to the apartment open and blood inside. When they entered, they found the Morenos dead, each stabbed repeatedly, Griffith said.

Elwood is considered “an investigative lead” at this point in the investigation. He remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Initial reports show no sign of alcohol at the scene of the wreck, he said. Blood samples taken at the hospital have not yet come back from the lab.

Elwood has had extensive contact with Buckeye Police in the past, with 19 arrests since 2003. Charges ranged from misdemeanor alcohol violations to aggravated assault, Griffith said. Charges included aggravated assault, aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and threatening after his most recent arrest in December 2011, he said.

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