Year Long Investigation Leads to Homicide Arrest
Buckeye police detectives arrested 28-year-old Joshua Escoto-Cisneros in connection with a homicide from April 2019.
On April 10, 2019, Buckeye officers responded to the Robbins Butte Wildlife area west of SR 85 near Robbins Butte Game Road, regarding a partially buried body. A couple of witnesses came across the find while walking their dogs in the area on a stop along their way to California.
The initial investigation identified the decedent as Marisa Bell from Nevada. Ms. Bell had been reported missing in Nevada, but was known to be living in the Phoenix area.
Over the following months, Buckeye detectives were determined to resolve the murder, and left no stone unturned. Investigative information led them to Escoto-Cisneros.
On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, detectives arrested Escoto-Cisneros and brought him to the Buckeye Police Department for questioning. Escoto-Cisneros admitted to murdering Bell and later disposing of her body and belongings. The two were very casual acquaintances.Escoto-Cisneros was booked into the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail on 2nd degree murder, tampering with evidence, concealing a dead body, and other charges.