FORT SUMNER, N.M. — Authorities suspect Candy Jo Webb gave her grandfather a lethal dose of medication and then stuffed his body in a tool chest before driving cross country to avoid being arrested.
New Mexico State Police announced Webb, 27, was arrested Thursday by U.S. Marshals in Jacksonville, Fla., three weeks after her grandfather’s body was discovered, Las Cruces Sun-News reported.
“Webb was taken into custody without incident and was booked into the local detention center in Florida where she will await extradition to New Mexico,” state police said in a news release.
According to police, 82-year-old AJ Harden’s remains were found on Oct. 15 inside a Ranch Supply tool chest on a property in Fort Sumner.
Agents from state police believe that Webb gave Harden the narcotics Xanax and Ambien, then after he died concealed his remains in the chest.
“Webb drove the tool chest to 1976 Shenandoah Drive in Fort Sumner where she discarded the body,” according to the New Mexico State Police news release.
The owner of the property, Brenda Moyer, told police when she was interviewed on Oct. 19 that she rented the home to her son, who was living there with Webb when they dated, the Eastern New Mexico News reported.
The 27-year-old spoke to police that same day and said she took Harden to a nursing home in Texas six months earlier and had not spoken to him since September, according to the paper. Authorities tried to contact the “Shady Oaks” nursing home provided by Webb, but later found out there was no evidence of the facility existing.
Agents from state police later learned that Webb was traveling across the country after her grandfather’s death.
She was arrested in Florida on a warrant for first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the death of Harden.
Both Webb and Harden are from Fort Sumner, a town of about 1,000 residents in sparsely populated De Baca County in east central New Mexico.