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Who is Crystal Wilson? Arizona police make arrest in case of 10-year-old boy who went missing and was later found dead

Who is Crystal Wilson? Arizona police make arrest in case of 10-year-old boy who went missing and was later found dead

Arizona police have arrested a longtime suspect in the case of missing 10-year-old Jesse Wilson, who was later found dead just a few miles from his home in a Phoenix suburb.

Crystal Wilson, 54, of Gainesville, Georgia, was arrested and charged in connection with the boy’s death, according to the Buckeye Police Department.

Who is Crystal Wilson? Arizona police make arrest in case of 10-year-old boy who went missing and was later found dead

Wilson was indicted by a Maricopa County grand jury last week on one count of abandoning or concealing a dead body. She now awaits extradition back to Arizona, Fox 10 Phoenix reported.

Buckeye Police Chief Larry Hall said at a news conference Tuesday that there wasn’t enough evidence to charge the woman with homicide, but she was the main “person of interest” all along.

“We never gave up hope that justice was going to be served,” Jesse’s grandmother said at the news conference. “We’re just happy that it’s finally going to come to the end, where the person is going to be liable and will be held accountable for the things that she did.”

Jesse Wilson disappeared from his home in the early morning of July 18, 2016.

Crystal Wilson, 54, has been charged in connection to the death of her adopted son, 10-year-old Jesse Wilson.
Crystal Wilson, 54, has been charged in connection to the death of her adopted son, 10-year-old Jesse Wilson.

Police investigated the boy’s disappearance as a runaway because his adoptive mother, Crystal Wilson, stated that he had “learning and developmental issues” and was on medication for them. She had previously told investigators that he had slipped out of his second-floor bedroom window overnight.

In the months following his disappearance, the FBI, Buckeye police, and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office launched an intensive search for the boy. Volunteers from the community scoured the desert for any sign of the 10-year-old boy.

Buckeye police arrested Crystal Wilson, 54, in Gainesville, Georgia.
Buckeye police arrested Crystal Wilson, 54, in Gainesville, Georgia.

On March 8, 2018, about six miles from the boy’s home, police said partial human skeletal remains were discovered. A subsequent investigation discovered more remains, which were identified as Wilson’s.

Wilson died of an undetermined cause and manner, according to a report from the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The case became public after Buckeye police assigned it to a new investigator in 2020 to reexamine the facts, conduct follow-up interviews, and look for new evidence, according to authorities.

source:summarybio.com