FORT SUMNER, New Mexico — A New Mexico woman has been busted after a week on the lam for allegedly killing her grandfather in a bid to steal his lake house, authorities said.
Candy Jo Webb, 27, was picked up in Jacksonville, Florida after going on the run when cops became suspicious of her story that her missing grandfather was living in a made-up nursing home.
The body of 83-year-old AJ Harden was found stuffed in a tool box dumped into a trash pit behind a Fort Sumner house on October 15. New Mexico State Police say they believe the body had laid there since August, when Harden disappeared.
When friends notified police that Harden had gone missing, Webb told investigators that her grandfather was in a nursing home in Texas. She later changed her story, giving the name of a retirement home that didn’t exist.
Investigators say Webb told some people that her grandfather died in his sleep, KRQE-TV reported. But she allegedly told her boyfriend, Garrett Beene, that she killed her grandfather by giving him Xanax and Ambien, after he had asked her to do it.
The boyfriend told detectives Webb had been receiving money from Harden and that he believed she killed him to gain control of his lake house.
Harden’s body was found in a pit in the backyard of the house where Webb had once lived.
Harden grew up in Fort Sumner, served in the Navy, married, and became a truck driver. In his later years, he and his wife ran a hamburger stand.
Webb was arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office after having fled to Florida, where she’s being held pending extradition to New Mexico. She faces first degree murder charges along with charges of tampering with evidence.