Woman helps solve her murder by taking a picture of her alleged killer

Police officer on the job.
Police officer on the job. Photo credit Getty Images

An Arizona woman who was killed on June 11 may have just helped the authorities solve her murder after police found a picture taken right before the incident.

In the photo taken by Pamela Rae Martinez, 60, her alleged killer, later identified by police as Rusty French, 62, could be seen, according to a Glendale Police Department news release.

Martinez was found dead just before 7:30 p.m. in Glendale, Arizona, in her car that was driven off the road and into a landscaping area, the statement said.

Police responded to a call that the vehicle had driven off the road, and when they arrived, they found Martinez "in distress and non-responsive." According to police, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Martinez was completing a food delivery for UberEats and was parked on the side of the road next to a van when a man was seen outside her car, according to a witness who saw the man, assumed to be French.

French, at that point, got back into his car and drove away while Martinez's vehicle "slowly began to drive off the roadway," the witness shared with police.

But, before the man interacted with Martinez, police said that "for some reason," she took a picture of him as he was parked next to her.

The photo led to the questioning of French by police on June 15, and while being questioned, he was shown the picture taken of him.

He admitted to the police that it was him in the picture but that he must have blacked out because he could not remember what had happened.

This prompted a search warrant being executed at his home, where police found a handgun that "was a ballistic match for the handgun used in the shooting."

Other evidence was also obtained that implicated French as the shooter, according to the police.

Police shared that the two did not know each other.

On June 23, French was arrested and charged with second-degree murder for the death of Martinez.