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Tucson Police identify dead woman found in midtown dumpster

Tucson Police identify dead woman found in midtown dumpster

CREATED Jul 10, 2012

Reporter: Claire Doan

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -- Tucson Police have identified the woman found dead in midtown dumpster early Tuesday morning as 49-year-old Deanna Barnum of Tucson.

Shortly after 2 o'clock in the morning, police received a 911 call from a neighbor reporting that someone just threw a body in the dumpster in the 3400 block of East Monte Vista Drive. When officers arrived, they found Barnum dead.

Police are waiting for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

The neighbor who alerted police followed man whom he saw throw the body into the trash, but was unable to catch him. According to TPD, the witness described the man as a tall African-American male, wearing a white shirt.

While investigating the incident, police found a man matching the description of the suspect and took him in for questioning. His role, if any, in this incident is still under investigation.

Neighbors told 9 On Your Side the man used a shopping cart to push the body to the dumpster and after he threw the body in there, threw a bunch of belongings on top of her.

"I'm horrified. It's discouraging that the world has gotten like this, where people are just treated like trash," said neighbor Robin Guidry, who has lived in the neighborhood for over eight years. "That girl is somebody's daughter. It's bad enough to have died or been killed, but somebody has to tell that girl's mom that we found her in a dumpster.

Other neighbors weren't surprised.

"There have been a lot of gun battles on this street," said Marilyn Beuhrer. "We have really good neighbors. The pepole who come in and do that are not from this neighborhood."

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call 911 or 88-CRIME.