Arrest made in 2020 death of underage girl

Amber Langley - Contributed Photo/GCSO

SAFFORD — Amber R. Langley, 38, is facing first-degree murder charges for the death of a teen girl two years ago.

Graham County Sheriff’s Office announced the charges Wednesday.

On Oct. 26, 2020, hunters discovered the body of a young girl about 8 miles east of U.S. Highway 191, along the Artesia Road alignment. The body was wrapped in a plastic tarp.

Following an autopsy by the Pima County Medical Examiner, the victim’s death was ruled a homicide.

Continuing to work the case, Graham County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the FBI, Safford and Thatcher Police departments, and Department of Public Safety, executed two search warrants in connection with the investigation. On Aug. 24, 2022, Langley was arrested on charges of fraudulent schemes and artifices, and theft related to the investigation.

The murder charges were filed by the Graham County Attorney’s Office on Sept. 1.

GCSO said “elements of the investigation remain on-going.”

The victim’s identity is being withheld due to the victim’s age, which, in a 2021 press release asking for the public’s help in identification, was described as between 13-15 years old.

A possible likeness was generated in 2021 by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the hopes of identifying a teen female victim whose body was discovered in Artesia in 2020. -Contributed Photo/GCSO