Adrienne Salinas Case Not Obvious Homicide, But Location of Body a "Big Concern," Police Say

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Adrienne Salinas' remains were found August 6 in Apache Junction.
The Adrienne Salinas death investigation isn't necessarily a homicide case, as police had indicated yesterday, Tempe police say this afternoon.

Investigators saw no obvious signs of foul play during their preliminary look at the 19-year-old Tempe woman's remains, which were found in Apache Junction last week, says Sergeant Mike Pooley, police spokesman. But, he adds, it's too early in the investigation to say what happened to the woman, whose body was badly decomposed.

The fact that she was found in a wash is a "big concern," Pooley says.

See also:
- Skeletal Remains Found in Apache Junction May Be Missing Tempe Teen Adrienne Salinas

The Gateway Community College student had been missing for two months after last being seen in the early morning on June 15. Her car, having been seen hitting a median in Tempe, was found abandoned a few blocks from her Tempe apartment. Salinas apparently sent a text to her boyfriend at 4:43 a.m., saying, "I'm coming over."

Her remains were found on August 6 in a wash just off Highway 88 and Lost Dutchman Boulevard. FBI and local police agencies are scouring the area for evidence.

Pooley told the news media on Thursday that, "We are treating this as a homicide investigation."

Now police say they're not sure.

Pooley released a "clarification" just after 1 p.m. that reads:


"At this point in the investigation, we do not conclusively know Adrienne's cause or manner of death. We will continue to work with the Medical Examiner's office and other law enforcement partners, but we cannot rule anything out and we have not as of yet classified this case as a homicide. Clearly, we have and continue to place significant resources on this investigation.

This is an extremely difficult time for everyone involved and we are committed to learn the truth regarding what happened to Adrienne Salinas and if it is determined to be a homicide, to bring the person or persons responsible to justice."


"Obviously, finding her body out in the wash is a big concern," Pooley tells New Times. "But before we can come out and say it's a homicide, we've got to find out the cause of death."

Pooley described the condition of the remains, which had been exposed to floods in the wash and possibly animals.

"The entire body was not intact," he says. However, investigators didn't think the shape of the body was necessarily related to the cause of death.

More information will be available in a week or two, after the medical examiner's report is released, he says.


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24 comments
mary14nx05y
mary14nx05y

I knew this girl and NOBODY will miss her.  If she was murdered, I am certain she deserved it 100%.  She was a total druggie and a whore.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

:(

So very sad to read about a young life cut short.

My most sincere condolences to the family.

RIP Adrienne.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

So very sad to read about a young life cut short.

My deepest and most sincere condolences to her family and friends.

RIP Adrienne.

Eleanor_Holguin
Eleanor_Holguin

The Tempe Police have an image problem starting with Ryff. www.tempepolicecloset.com. 

Unfortunately Tempe has the highest violent crime rate in the east valley. 

@tempepoliceclst


heyroze
heyroze

is it too much to ask that we show some respect for the family of this young victim? They may be reading this forum after all. This case hit so close to my heart, as I am the mother of young adults/teens that could have been in her peer group.

Ryan Gielow
Ryan Gielow

Maybe the Police Department is constrained by law and cannot use certain words like homicide unless certain criteria are met... PS if you don't want a DUI simply follow one easy rule... 12 hours bottle to throttle.

Victor Hoelscher
Victor Hoelscher

Laureen Hules...No I never did hear of that, guess my life growing up in a Police family and my 6 years in active Law Enforcement would have been a total waste had I not read your enlightening comment...... Victim of color= lower priority investigation...BOTTOM LINE!

Laureen Maynes
Laureen Maynes

Oh gosh here we go.. Umm have you ever heard of an investigation and keeping things private until further information is found? Maybe they want to throw off suspects they have so they don't run or something.

Ian Calder Drummond
Ian Calder Drummond

Wow. I wouldn't expect anything less out of an Arizona Police force. Spend the weekend keeping up DUI witch hunts and schedule a few Nazi style immigration raids this weekend to keep yourselves busy Tempe police to keep our citizens "protected."

Victor Hoelscher
Victor Hoelscher

BULLSHIT!!! Would it be more obvious to them if she were Anglo?

mary14nx05y
mary14nx05y

Bitch got turned into a skeleton.  max lulz!!!

teknik
teknik

@robert_graham her family, her friends, and all the people she knew and loved and who loved her.


and wit a suspicious disappearance like this they better have a damn good reason to say it's not a homicide.   Just because she was eaten up by wildlife after she died doesn't mean she wasn't abducted and killed..

davis10oregon1
davis10oregon1

@robert_graham  You are an evil, and very vile person to have written that nasty comment, making reference towards a deceased human being . Damn, how low can you actually attempt to lower our standards as humans ? People being concerned about ALL of HUMANITY .

GrayRace
GrayRace

@robert_graham Your a fucking piece shit JAF.  Some one needs give you a beating for disrespecting this girl.

HaveSomeTact
HaveSomeTact

@robert_graham That was very disrespectful.  This young woman did nothing to deserve this.  One day you may have a daughter and maybe then you will be able to understand.  This case is extremely upsetting to me, having a daughter of my own- I cannot imagine what the family is going through.  RIP Adrienne and condolences to all of her friends and family.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham evidently the police do and so does her family and many other people who are being respectful enough to pass on their condolences

teknik
teknik

@Ryan Gielow ideally with sleep in that 12 hours.

redquartz36
redquartz36

@Victor Hoelscher Puh-Leeez.  Leave your specious racism out of it.  This tragedy bothers everybody, but all we have is a decomposed body who was last seen staggering drunk and wrecking her car. I understand you need to blame someone, so if I were you, I would start unleashing some of that hostility on her peers whose indifference and permissive attitudes let her engage in such behaviour.

teknik
teknik

@redquartz36 well, when people deal with racism on a daily basis what else do you think they'll suspect.  there's so much of it around it's sick.

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