Wife Arrested in 2005 Murder of Phoenix Man Who Police Estimate Had About 30 Kids

Phoenix police arrested a woman today who they say is responsible for the 2005 murder of her then-79-year-old husband -- a veteran of both the Army and Navy and father of what police estimate to be about 30 children.

Phoenix police Sergeant Trent Crump tells New Times 43-year-old Larisa Garcia was arrested today for her role in the murder of Daniel Garcia -- her husband of nearly 10 years -- who went missing on May 6, 2005.

Crump says police always suspected foul play in the disappearance but
stopped short of saying Garcia was a person of interest when her husband
went missing.

New information from the PPD's missing persons detail led
investigators to Garcia.

Crump would not say what, exactly, that new information was, or how Garcia killed her husband. But when
confronted with the evidence, Garcia -- the mother of two of the
victim's possibly 30 children -- copped to the murder and took
investigators to where she says she dumped his body.

Police believe the murder took place at the couple's home at 4600
North 14th Place in Phoenix, but that Garcia moved the body to Chinle and set it on fire.

Police believe the murder was financially motivated.

The victim, Crump says, had pensions from both the Army and Navy, and the
couple had been going through financial struggles prior to the murder.

Crump says investigators found what they believed to be human remains at
the disposal scene and are working with the members of the Phoenix
Police Crime Lab to try and make a positive ID.

Garcia was booked into jail on one count of second-degree murder.

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