TUCSON, Ariz. – A convicted sex offender who was indicted this month in the slayings of two Arizona girls who disappeared and were later found dead years ago faced arraignment Monday on charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual exploitation of a minor.
Christopher Matthew Clements, 36, had been in a Phoenix jail for more than a year on burglary charges when the indictment in the case of the killings was issued earlier this month. He was extradited to Tucson for the arraignment.
Police and prosecutors have been tight-lipped about how the girls died, whether there could be more victims and how they closed in on Clements in the killings of 6-year-old Isabel Celis and 13-year-old Maribel Gonzalez.
Court documents say that a woman engaged to Clements called the FBI in February 2017 to say he knew the location of Celis’ body, according to KOLD-TV.
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At the time, Clements was in jail on burglary charges. He traded information with authorities about the body’s location in exchange for the charges being dropped, according to the search warrant affidavit cited by KOLD-TV. Police in Tucson did drop those charges, but there were others pending in the Phoenix area, so he was jailed there.
Clements led authorities to Isabel Celis’ skeletal remains on March 3, 2017. It was then that investigators realized the area was also where Gonzalez had been found three years earlier.
Isabel Celis went missing from her Tucson home in April 2012. Maribel Gonzalez never came home after going to visit a friend in June 2014. Her body was discovered a few days later in a remote area near Tucson.