Fort Sumner, NM -On Thursday, October 15, 2020, around 1:30 p.m., the De Baca County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 1976 Shenandoah Drive in Fort Sumner, for human remains located in a Ranch Supply tool chest on the property.
The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to investigate this homicide. State Police agents worked closely with the Office of the Medical Examiners and learned the identity of the victim as AJ Harden of, Fort Sumner.
Through an extensive investigation, State Police agents were able to identify a suspect in Mr. Harden’s murder. Agents learned Candy Jo Webb (27), of Fort Sumner, who is the granddaughter of Mr. Harden, gave Mr. Harden Xanax and Ambien. After Mr. Harden died, Ms. Webb concealed Mr. Harden’s body in a tool chest. Webb drove the tool chest to 1976 Shenandoah Drive in Fort Sumner where she discarded the body.
On October 28, 2020, an arrest warrant was issued for Candy Jo Webb through the De Baca Magistrate Court for the following charges:
- First Degree Murder
- Tampering with Evidence
New Mexico State Police agents learned Webb was travelling across country to avoid apprehension. On Thursday, November 5, 2020, the US Marshals located Webb in Jacksonville, Florida. 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.