An 83-year-old Green Valley man has been arrested after his wife’s body was found Wednesday in Box Canyon.

Ronald Carpenter was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and was booked into Pima County Adult Detention Complex.

Pima County Sheriff’s deputies received a report Monday that 82-year-old Mollie Snyder was missing from her home on the 400 block of North Calle El Diablo in Green Valley.

They found Snyder’s vehicle later that day in Box Canyon, off of Whitehouse Canyon Road east of Green Valley. Snyder was not in the vehicle. A Search and Rescue Unit was called in but the search was suspended due to extreme weather.

On Wednesday, Search and Rescue units resumed the search and found Snyder’s body in the canyon around 9:30 a.m. She had obvious signs of trauma and was declared dead at the scene, according to the PCSD. Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division have assumed the investigation.

Lt. Paul Hill, who heads the Green Valley substation, said he was not aware of any other disturbances or calls to the home prior to Monday’s investigation. Hill said the Sheriff’s Department used a helicopter briefly during the search operation but that Snyder’s body was found by ground units.

A department spokesman declined to give more information on how Snyder may have died. Neighbors in Casa Paloma I, where Snyder lived, said Carpenter’s car was towed from his residence by law enforcement late Wednesday. They also said the couple is divorced though law enforcement continues to identify them as married.

Mary Glen Hatcher | 520-547-9740

Mary Glen is a North Carolina native who's excited to explore the Tucson area through her reporting with Green Valley News. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill's Hussman School of Journalism and Media in 2019.