America's Most Wanted May Help Find Suspect in Case of Murdered ASU Student

If you happen to be the person responsible for the death of 21-year-old Kyleigh Sousa, be advised: Criminal-hunter extraordinaire John Walsh may be lookin' to find your ass.

It's been three weeks since Sousa was murdered in a robbery attempt in Tempe, and while tips continue to poor in, no arrests have been made. And now Sousa's mother tells New Times there's a good chance the case will find its way to America's Most Wanted.

In the criminal world, winding up on America's Most Wanted often means one thing: You're fucked.

Karen Montenegro, Sousa's mother, tells us this afternoon that she's been in contact with one of the show's producers who plans to meet with the Sousa family sometime next week. 

Meanwhile, Montenegro says she's naturally still devastated by the loss of her daughter.

"Life has just been sucked out of me," she says.

Montenegro says she hasn't been back to work since her daughter was murdered three weeks ago and rarely leaves the house.

She stands determined, however, to make sure that the person responsible is brought to justice and plans to come to Tempe from her home in New Jersey and meet with the media to remind the public that a killer is still on the loose.

"People need to remember this person is still in Tempe -- or at least in your area," she says. "This could happen again."

Tempe police Sergeant Steve Carbajal told us this morning there are no updates in the case, but Montenegro says tips continue to come in every day, which is a good sign after this much time has passed.

Montenegro says she wants to thank all the people calling in tips and who continue to keep Sousa on their mind.

For anyone unfamiliar with Sousa's murder, click here.

Anyone with any information that could help police track down the suspect is asked to call Tempe police at 480-WITNESS or 480-948-6377, text "SILENT plus your message" to CRIMES (274637), or go online to

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