AZ police use tattoo photo to solicit help in identifying murder victim

A vexing mystery began to unfold earlier this month when a woman was found dead on the side of an Arizona roadway, prompting law enforcement officials to seek information about her identity by publishing photos of a distinctive shoulder tattoo, as Phoenix Fox affiliate KSAZ reports.

Police in Bullhead City revealed that an unidentified woman’s body was discovered on Arroyo Vista Drive back on Jan. 2 and sought the public’s assistance in determining who she was via her physical description – white, medium build, brown hair – as well as through a photo of an intricate tattoo of the word “family” on her shoulder, which was placed on the department’s Facebook page.

According to reports, a motorist had noticed the body located close to a residential housing development, and because the corpse was marred by a series of gunshot wounds, the death was immediately treated as a homicide for investigatory purposes.

Ultimately, fingerprint records helped police determine that the body belonged to a 27-year-old Medford, Oregon resident named Megan Rae Jean Hanna, as the Havasu News reported.

Authorities learned that the victim had last been seen accompanied by her boyfriend, 37-year-old Ryan Lynn Clark, an individual with a lengthy history of violent crime.

It was soon discovered that Clark was holed up in a Laughlin, Nevada hotel room following Hannah’s murder, and the rental car he was driving had been caught on surveillance video leaving the scene at which the deceased woman’s body had been found.

Reports indicate that several of Hannah’s personal effects were found in the rental car being driven by Clark as well as in his hotel room, as were a weapon and ammunition consistent with the victim’s wounds.

Pursuant to a felony warrant issued thereafter, Clark was taken into police custody on Thursday and was set to face booking in a Las Vegas jail, KSAZ noted.

Hopefully investigators will get to the bottom of what led to Hannah’s untimely and brutal demise and that justice can be obtained for the benefit of those she left behind.