The stepfather of a 13-year-old girl, whose dead body was found in the desert near Vail, Arizona, has been arrested for her murder. The Arizona Daily Star reports that Joshua Lelevier, 37, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of first-degree murder of his stepdaughter, Jayden Glomb, and abandoning/concealing her dead body. She was found on May 11, a day after family members reported her missing.
The medical examiner determined her cause of death to be asphyxiation.
Conflicting stories from the accused and forensic evidence led police to zero in on Lelevier prior to his arrest. He allegedly told police he noticed Jayden was missing on the night of May 10, and drove around the neighborhood looking for her, then went to sleep without telling his wife, who later woke in a panic when she realized her daughter was gone.
Police determined tire tracks near where Jayden was found matched those of the Lelevier’s Chevrolet Traverse. They later found traces of Jayden’s blood smeared on the vehicles rear cargo opening.
While Jayden’s computer showed online searches for suicide, blood loss, and drug overdoses, investigators determined that Lelevier was the only one at home when the searches were performed, according to Tucson’s KVOA. They also found a suicide note with Jayden’s name on it in her computer’s trash bin, which was deleted 45 minutes after Lelevier said he last saw her. Meanwhile, Jayden’s mother Jessica Lelevier reported her husband buying shoes to replace two pairs that went missing immediately following the girl’s disappearance.
Joshua Lelevier is being held on $500,000 bail and has been ordered not to have contact with the victim's family or to return to his home. Arizona’s ABC 15 reports that depite this arrest, police say the investigation into Jayden’s death is ongoing.
[Photo: Jayden Glomb Compassion Fund]