Law enforcement authorities in Arizona have arrested David Leroy Lucero, 25. He has been identified by San Diego County Sheriff's investigators as a "subject wanted for questioning" in the murder of his mother at her home in the 2900 block of Costalota Road in Valley Center.
The body of 53-year-old Margo Jean Lucero, the mother of four adult children, was discovered by her husband, Dr. David Manuel Lucero, and their daughter early Tuesday afternoon.
According to sheriff's detectives in Pima County, Ariz., Margo's Mercedes was discovered in the desert off Interstate 15 late on Tuesday afternoon. Officials said David was arrested by Tohono O'odham Tribal Police in connection with a trespassing incident on tribal property on Tuesday night.
Tribal officials said David gave his name as John Doe, so he remained in their custody until San Diego County Sheriff's detectives issued a special bulletin regarding him on Wednesday morning.
Neighbors said strange things have been happening recently at the Lucero home. Early on Monday, residents said they heard one of the couple's sons chanting loudly down the road from the home. Later, when they went outside to investigate, they found what they described as a Native American shrine resting along the roadway. Another neighbor said he saw Margo drive up and take the shrine away in her car.
Neighbors also said the family belongs to a Native American tribe that's based in Temecula.
Lucero was booked into Pima County Jail in Tucson early Wednesday afternoon.